He Felt the Net Very Heavy January 08 2010

New in our gallery and store: This illustration is from The Water Babies, a children's novel written by the Reverend Charles Kingsley and published as a book in 1863. Before that the story was serialized in Macmillan's magazine in 1862 and 1863. The book was extremely popular and remained a mainstay of children's literature through the 1920s. This image was illustrated by Jessie Wilcox Smith in charcoal, watercolor and oil and titled "He felt the net very heavy . . .and lifted it out quickly, with Tom all entangled in the meshes." Published in 1916. [More Classic Illustrations]