Members of the Dalziel family

1 portrait

Members of the Dalziel family, by Kosmos, 1880s - NPG x132805 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Members of the Dalziel family

by Kosmos
albumen cabinet card, 1880s
5 3/8 in. x 4 in. (136 mm x 101 mm) image size
acquired Dalziel Collection, 1977
Photographs Collection
NPG x132805


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  • Edward Dalziel (1817-1905), Draughtsman and wood-engraver. Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • E. Gilbert Dalziel (1853-1930), Wood engraver, artist and editor; son of Edward Dalziel. Sitter in 6 portraits.

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  • Kosmos. Artist of 1 portrait.

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The Brothers Dalziel remained a dominant force in the industry until mounting debts and the rise of photomechanical processes for reproduction forced the wood-engraving business to close in 1893. However, Edward Dalziel's sons, in particular, ensured the family business continued for at least a second generation. Gilbert Dalziel worked on the family's comic papers as editor of Fun, Judy and Ally Sloper's Half Holiday. He also preserved the family's future reputation with the sale of the firm's entire working archive of about 54,000 impressions to the British Museum in 1912, and through his contributions to Forrest Reid's book Illustrators of the 1860s (1928). Meanwhile, Harvey Robert Dalziel (b.1855) and Charles Davison Dalziel (b.1857) continued the Camden Press as Dalziel & Co until it closed in 1905.

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