The idle shepherd-boys

John Pettie


Wood engraving by the Dalziel Brothers

3½ x 2¾ inches

Illustration for Wordsworth’s Poems for the Young.London: Strahan, 1863, p.15.

A sweet and lyrical image, using a fine, impressionistic line, that invokes the traditions of the Pastoral and forms a perfect complement to the lines it accompanies.

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Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke

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