Speaking Likenesses

Speaking Likenesses by Christina Rossetti cover, gold etching of a woman tucking in a child, several animals are gathered around

Cover of Speaking Likenesses

By Christina Rossetti, London, 1874

Speaking Likenesses

Written by Christina Rossetti

Illustrated by Arthur Hughes

London, Macmillan, 1874

5" x 7"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

The Pre-Raphaelites, a circle of English poets, writers, artists, and critics to which both Christina Rossetti and Arthur Hughes belonged, carried into the latter half of the 19th century some of English Romanticism’s central concerns. Among these was a fascination with childhood as a time of innocence and unfettered spiritual clarity. Hughes’s gold-stamped cover decoration for Rossetti’s juvenile storybook is at once an intimate domestic vignette and an image shot through with a sense of spiritual radiance.


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