English Book Illustration, 1800-1900

English Book Illustration, 1800-1900

English Book Illustration, 1800-1900

English Book Illustration, 1800-1900

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A work on illustrated books, if it is itself to be illustrated, suffers one serious disadvantage. The original graphic processes--etching, wood-engraving, lithography and the rest--must inevitably lose some of their individual quality owing to the effect of photographic reproduction. Thus, a woodcut has to be reproduced by means of a line-block, an etching by photogravure, or an aquatint by photolithography. Again, illustrations of widely varying sizes must be made to conform with the format of the book in which they are reproduced. In this instance, therefore, it has been thought preferable to choose illustrations which require the minimum of reduction rather than to reproduce in little within the modest dimensions of this book some of the pages from larger books which readers would doubtless expect to find represented.

I am most grateful to those who have lent books from which reproductions have been made--Miss Helen MacGregor, Mr. R. B. Fishenden, Sir Harold Hartley, Sir Robert Leighton, Charles Prentice, Mrs. John Simmons and Mr. Iolo Williams. My thanks are also due to Mr. C. Harcourt Perry, who has re-engraved the Bewick feather.

The Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum kindly gave permission for a number of photographs to be made from books in the Museum Library, and Mr. C. B. Stevenson of the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, gave facilities for photographing the illustration by John Martin. Permission to reproduce has kindly been granted by Mrs. Pissarro for the illustration from "Christabel." Mrs. Sturge Moore lent the actual block engraved by her husband for de Guérin Bacchante; and the Cambridge University Press lent the block for Richard Austin's vignette. Permission to reproduce illustrations has kindly been given by Messrs. Longmans Green & Co. (plate 13 . . .

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