John William North
At the Grindstone, engraved by the Dalziel Brothers published 1867

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John William North 1841–1924
At the Grindstone, engraved by the Dalziel Brothers
Date Published 1867
Medium Wood engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 165 x 124 mm
Acquisition Presented by Gilbert Dalziel 1924
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This is one of nineteen illustrations North made for Wayside Posies, a group of poems selected and edited by Robert Buchanan. In this image two men are sharpening tools on a grindstone while recounting tales of war, and the death of ‘Johnie, our little drummer’ who was ‘murdered’ by the Russians.

North was a friend of Walker and Pinwell and shared with them a vision of rural tranquility. His skill at designing wood-engravings is evident from the range of textures and contrasts of light and shade which he incorporates into this small image.

July 2008

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