The Brothers Dalziel

The Brothers Dalziel firm of wood engravers, draftsmen, printers, and publishers was established in 1835 by George Dalziel (1815–1902), who had moved to London from Newcastle. He was joined by his brother, Edward Dalziel (1817–1905), in 1840, and in 1857, they established The Camden Town printing firm. They were eventually joined by other family members such as their siblings John (1822–69), Thomas (1823–1906), and Margaret (1819–1894). The firm engraved works by many prominent artists, in particular, Pre-Raphaelite illustrations, and produced over 50,000 works, making it the leading source of illustrations for books in Victorian England. They were particularly skilled in the use of light and shadow in their production of wood engravings of artists drawings, and their more notable works are Edward Lear's Book of Nonsense (1862), Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1866) and Through the Looking-Glass (1872). The firm ceased operations in 1893 due to the development of new photomechanical techniques.









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