George John Pinwell

The Shadow, engraved by the Dalziel Brothers

published 1867

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Medium
Wood engraving on paper
Dimensions
Image: 168 x 121 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Gilbert Dalziel 1924
Reference
N04024

Display caption

This design was included in Robert Buchanan’s Wayside Posies; it illustrates a poem about the cruel killing of animals. Here two children witness a calf being led reluctantly away, aware of the inevitable event about to take place. The dead birds hooked to the wall in the background is further evidence of the harsh realities of farming life.

The poem concludes:

O, all the world I see
Would be fresh and free and fair
Did not men’s crueltie
Put a shadow everywhere!

Gallery label, November 2004

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