View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
- George John Pinwell 1842–1875
- Wood engraving on paper
- Image: 168 x 121 mm
- Presented by Gilbert Dalziel 1924
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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