Frederick Walker

Spring Days, engraved by the Brothers Dalziel

published 1866

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Frederick Walker 1840–1875
Wood engraving on paper
Image: 162 × 121 mm
Presented by Gilbert Dalziel 1924

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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.

Gallery label, July 2008

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