Linton- Life in the Collections
J. G. Holland:
6) Kathrina: Her Life and Mine in a Poem.
New York 1869
When this tragic ballad romance first appeared in 1868 it proved to be the poetical bestseller of the season. Shortly after the publication of this illustrated version, its author, the rather unavowed journalist and biographer Josiah Gilbert Holland, became one of the founding editors of the literary periodical Scribner’s Monthly. This journal, which later changed into The Century Magazine, would become the most important medium in America to promote wood engraving on an artistic level. The seventy engravings, which Linton executed, show him at his best. As he emphasized in his History of Wood Engraving in America, he had followed here the white-line method throughout. The major part of the illustrations were made by the Irish artist William John Hennessy, who “was exactly the type of artist Linton admired. He had romantic antecedents, a flamboyant manner, and a highly finished artistic technique. He specialized in uplifting genre pieces and contemplative landscapes. During Linton’s early years in America Hennessy took the place of Duncan, Scott and Wehnert in supplying him with artistic camaraderie and drawings for engravings.” (F.B. Smith)