‘Robin Goodfellow’

Artist: John Franklin (flourished 1800-61)

Engraver: E. Dalziel



4 ¾ x 4 ¼ inches

Illustration for Old English Ballads (1864), p.231. This illustration forms an interesting contrast with Richard Dadd’s treatment of the same text in The Book of British Ballads (1842). Heavily influenced by Rethel and Maclise, the fey composition offered here is markedly different from the malign and troubling vision offered by Dadd. Both artists worked on The Book of British Ballads, and it is possible that they met each other. Franklin’s style, formed in the 1830s and ‘40s, did not develop and change, and the example given here, from 1864, is indistinguishable from his earlier designs.

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