- John William North 1841–1924
- Wood engraving on paper
- Image: 162 x 127 mm
- Presented by Gilbert Dalziel 1924
North specialised in landscape illustrations, as this design for Robert Buchanans’s Wayside Posies demonstrates. The image is dominated by a large tree which rises above the steep valley. A young boy on horseback rides down the hill, glancing over his shoulder at a shepherd who is trying to keep his flock together.
The poem is narrated by a city tree, which reminisces about country life:
The city roars around my feet
In squares, and lanes, and alleys,
On every side my trunk – a street –
So different from the valleys
Gallery label, July 2008
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