(1829-96) was not only the most versatile of the Pre-Raphaelite
illustrators but also by far the most prolific. His earliest illustration
was published in 1852, and thirty years later he was still providing
publishers with designs. The twenty drawings for The Parables,
a commission he originally accepted in 1857 on condition that he
might take time over the work, mark a high point in his career.
For these powerful designs he broke with tradition and relocated
the timeless texts into native, and sometimes even his beloved Scottish,