George John Pinwell
The Shadow, engraved by the Dalziel Brothers published 1867

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George John Pinwell 1842–1875
The Shadow, engraved by the Dalziel Brothers
Date Published 1867
Medium Wood engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 168 x 121 mm
Acquisition Presented by Gilbert Dalziel 1924
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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!

November 2004

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