Visit the Dalziel Archive in The British Museum Collection Online 

Extended catalogue descriptions of each album in the Dalziel Archive have been produced for the project by Bethan Stevens, and are fully integrated with the British Museum’s Collection Online. This resource makes the Dalziel Archive accessible for the first time. Before visiting the catalogue, please read the instructions below.

The catalogue summarises key material in the albums. While not exhaustive, it attributes many thousands of illustrations to specific designers and publications, allowing those interested in particular historical themes, artists or writers to identify which albums will interest them.

Photographers at Sylph Editions have photographed every page of each of the albums, amounting to almost 14,000 photographs. These are attached to each album description.

Instructions for use

  • There are 49 albums in the Dalziel Archive, containing approximately 54,000 wood engravings. Several printing blocks are also included in the catalogue.
  • The link at the top of this page (or here) takes you to thumbnails representing each of the catalogue entries for the archive.
  • Click on a thumbnail to see the catalogue description for that particular album.
  • The catalogue text is on the left. Scroll down, and click ‘view more’ to see the full description (for each album, there is a longish prose summary, with information about the content, techniques and publications included).
  • The catalogue text includes a detailed summary of contents for each album, as well as data for all the artists identified as designers of individual wood engravings, and other information.
  • On the right of the screen, you will also see a single image, which shows the first page of the album. Underneath the image there are thumbnails of the other pages (you may have to accept cookies before these are visible). Scroll horizontally through the thumbnails, and click on one to view the page (there are roughly between 150-350 pages for each album).
  • Clicking on any thumbnail takes you to a larger image. Note that images in Collection Online are displayed in low resolution, but you can click ‘use this page’ to request a high quality file.

Searching

  • Go to the British Museum’s Collection Search
  • Copy and paste this phrase into the search bar: “India-Proofs of Wood Engravings by the Brothers Dalziel” (with quotation marks). This will find all the albums in the archive.
  • To narrow down your search, add your own search terms alongside this phrase. For example, to find which albums have Trollope illustrations, type the following:

“India-Proofs of Wood Engravings by the Brothers Dalziel” Trollope

The catalogue is part of a dynamic database and will continue to be updated by the project team and the British Museum following new research.

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