John William North

Vision of a City Tree, engraved by the Dalziel Brothers

published 1867

In Tate Britain

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John William North 1841–1924
Wood engraving on paper
Image: 162 × 127 mm
Presented by Gilbert Dalziel 1924

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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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