Artist: Harrison Weir (1824-1906)
Engraver: J. Knight
13 ½ x 9 ½ inches
Illustration for the front cover of the Band of Hope Review [introduction].
The squirrel is both a representation of a real creature and an emblematic sign or type – here symbolising the virtues of frugality and careful planning. This anthropomorphic imagery is typical of the Band of Hope, and was used to communicate the periodical’s moral messages in a visual language children would understand. One can imagine how a diligent parent might construct a night-time story about the squirrel’s virtues and their application to everyday life. The squirrel’s story is taken up and expanded on the first page.
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Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke
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