John Pettie (1839–93), the successful Scottish historical painter who became a Royal Academician, flourished in the London art-world, exhibiting at the Royal Academy, the British Institute, Suffolk Street, and the Grosvenor Gallery. He was also a fine illustrator.

Biographical material and commentary

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Goldman, Paul. Victorian Illustration. Aldershot: Scolar, 1996; Lund Humphries, 2004.

Good Words London: Strahan, 1862–63.

Reid, Forrest. Illustrators of the Sixties. London: Faber & Gwyer, 1928; rpt. New York: Dover, 1975.

Wordsworth’s Poems for the Young. With fifty illustrations by John Pettie and J. Macwhirter, with a vignette by J. E. Millais. London: Strahan, 1863.

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