Steel etching, by an unknown etcher
5½ x 3¾ inches
Archibald Maclaren, The Fairy Family (1857).
This strange image establishes the book’s fantastical tone. Made up of neo-medieval characters which are brightly illuminated in contrast to a dark background, it suggests the weird dislocations of a dream – or nightmare. The composition is unsigned, and the artist disowned it.
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