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George DU MAURIER (1834-1896, artist). – Thomas ROBINSON (1806-1885, engraver).

Original engraved wooden printing block with manuscript titling to one side “Our Brilliant Failure / 1865 / G. du Maurier”

Published: [London?], [May 1865 or earlier]

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George Louis Palmella Busson DU MAURIER (1834-1896, artist). – Thomas ROBINSON (1806-1885, engraver).

Original engraved wooden printing block with manuscript titling to one side “Our Brilliant Failure / 1865 / G. du Maurier”  [London?: May 1865 or earlier]. Joined two-part wooden printing block (4 ¾ x 7 ½ x 7/8in; 121 x 190 x 23mm), bolted together, by T. Robinson after du Maurier, signed in the block ‘T. Robinson’ and ‘DM’.

Spectacular – the delicacy of line that the wood engraver Thomas Robinson was able to achieve is truly amazing. The result is a printing block fully able to reproduce du Maurier’s spectacular pen and ink drawing.

The scene depicted shows the Coodler family embarking for Mudville, accompanied by The Interesting Stranger, a scene from the short story “Our Brilliant Failure / A Sketch in Ultramarine”, published in the June 1865 issue of the periodical “London Society. An Illustrated Magazine of light and amusing literature”, and bound between pp. 488 and 489.

For an example of the resulting print see https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1924.384

  • Overall Condition: Acceptable
  • Size: 4 ¾ x 7 ½ x 7/8in
  • Sold By: Shadowrock Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Adam Langlands
  • Country: United States
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