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This is one of six illustrations Frederick Walker produced for one of the most popular Idyllic books, A Round of Days. The Dalziel brothers described this book of poems as a compendium of ‘every-day scenes, occurrences and incidents’. The publication was an enormous success and the Dalziels republished and later reissued sections of the book in Pictures Posies 1874 and English Rustic Pictures 1882.

This illustration, after a poem by Dora Greenwell, shows the hallmarks of Pre-Raphaelitism in the naturalistic details and dense composition.

July 2008