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The Plague of Elliant: P.1354-1991

Object information

Current Location: In storage


The Plague of Elliant


Designer: Millais, John Everett
Printmaker: Swain, Joseph




Cut from Once a Week, 15 October 1859, illustration to poem translated from the Breton by Tom Taylor, p. 316.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Henry Scipio Reitlinger, 1950, transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


19th century
Production date: AD 1859-10-15


Letterpress on verso

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Black carbon ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper
Image Height 76 mm Width 128 mm
Sheet Height 82 mm Width 135 mm

Techniques used in production

Wood engraving

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: JEM
  • Location: Image lower left
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Monogram
  • Text: SWAIN Sc
  • Location: Image lower right
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.1354-1991
Primary reference Number: 26682
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 16 December 2021 Last processed: Thursday 16 December 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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