Feeding the Sacred Ibis in the Halls of Karnac

Feeding the Sacred Ibis in the Halls of Karnac

Edward Poynter

Wood engraving by Joseph Swain.

6½ x 4¾ inches

Once a Week, n.s. 3 (Jan–Jun, 1867): facing p.238; printed on tinted paper.

This image illustrates a poem by Julia Goddard, ‘A Dream of Egypt’ (pp.238–9), and captures the exotic tone of the ancient world. In part idealism and in part realism, it is poised between neo-classicism and the verisimilitude of Pre-Raphaelitism. Poynter re-worked the image as a painting in 1871 – more evidence of the overlap between book illustration and fine art.

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Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.

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