Frederick Walker

Philip in Church, engraved by Swain

published 1862

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Wood engraving on paper
Image: 175 x 121 mm
Presented by Harold Hartley 1925

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This is one of a number of designs Pinwell produced for Thackerays’s last novel, The Adventures of Philip serialised in The Cornhill Magazine from January 1861 until August 1862. Thackeray wrote to Walker in 1861 ‘The Blocks you have executed … have given so much satisfaction that I hope we may look for more from the same hand’.

Philip, shown sitting on the far left of a church pew, appears distracted while the rest of the congregation say their prayers. The figure was modelled by Gilbert Dalziel, who presented some of the wood-engravings shown in this room to the Tate Gallery in 1924.

Gallery label, July 2008