Imprisoned family escaping
Wood engraving by Joseph Swain
4½ x 3¼ inches
Illustration for Daniel Defoe’s History of the Plague of London, 1665, facing p.48.
A typically dynamic composition in which the family escape by walking over the knocked down door, which has a body lying under it. Shields includes quaint details such as the key and broken hinge, rather in the manner of Frederick Sandys, but also recalling the particularization of German illustrations by Alfred Rethel and Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld.
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