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Ford, H. J. (Henry Justice) (1860-1941) (Artist)

Wonders: Images of the Ancient World

Warfare -- Ancient

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1913
Library locations
Art and Picture Collection
Shelf locator: PC-WON WARF-Anc
Armies -- Roman+ -- To 499
Britons -- To 499
Towers -- To 499
Hadrian’s Wall (England)
Content : This little picture is full of detail. In the foreground, native Britons work on building the Wall, lifting stones to the top and putting them into place. Behind them, Roman soldiers are being shot at by enemy archers (note the arrow in the soldier's shield). A Roman bowman returns the fire, while a trumpeter in a wolf-skin sounds an alarm. Inside the Wall, Roman legionaries prepare to march out against the attackers, their commander on his horse at their head. A catapult can be seen in the middle distance on the left. In the background at left, the Wall continues over the hills into the distance.

Content : This is one of a series of "wall" paintings (meant to be framed and hung) of British history done by artist Henry J. Ford and sold in a portfolio as a set of twelve images. This one shows Hadrian's Wall, built by the Romans between 122-128 A.D. across northern England to stop attacks by Pictish tribes from Scotland. Some of the Wall's towers had gates where customs duties could be collected from traders moving along the roads which passed through them.

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Physical Description
Form: Halftone photomechanical prints ( Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Materials )
Note: Four-color halftone with red hand-colored highlights.Physical details
Extent: 1 print : col. ; 10.5 x 13 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
Type of Resource
Still image
UUID: 125dfd40-c5c0-012f-0512-58d385a7bc34

Item timeline of events

  • 1860: Creator Born
  • 1913: Issued
  • 1941: Creator Died
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2015: Found by you!
  • 2016

MLA Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "The Roman wall." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1913. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-4733-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "The Roman wall." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 4, 2015. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-4733-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1913). The Roman wall. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-4733-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Wikipedia Citation

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The Roman wall.