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This hand-coloured image is centered on the page, occupying three-quarters of the page, above the text. It is outlined in a thick black rectangular border, in portrait orientation. In the centre of the image, a pale-skinned woman with fair hair sits, facing the viewer, an open book on her lap. She wears a white dress and cap decorated with pink ribbons and roses. She is surrounded by three little children (from left to right): an infant in white, holding a horse on wheels; a young boy in green who stands by the woman’s skirts, looking at the book; and a little girl in purple, holding a doll, standing slightly behind the woman at left. The room is depicted in great detail; a pair of compasses and a rose-patterned cushion litter the floor, a basket of roses sits atop a table covered in a red cloth, and a framed cameo of a woman’s profile hangs on the wall. Behind the woman, rose wallpaper coats the walls, in which is inset a diamond-barred window. Several figurines line the window’s ledge, including a man and woman arm-in-arm, a swan, a large bird, a child and a woman. The artist’s monogram is in the bottom left corner of the frame, with the date 1901.

The sky is very black; the rain pours down. Well, never mind it;
we will sit by the fire, and read, and tell stories, and look at pictures.
Where is Billy, and Harry, and little Betsey? Now tell me who can
spell best. Good boy! There is a clever fellow Now you shall
all have some cake.

                                                                        Mrs. Barbauld.

MLA citation:

Barbauld, Mrs. [Anna]. Untitled [“The sky is very black”], illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. The Green Sheaf, No. 9, 1904, p. 6. Green Sheaf Digital Edition, edited by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Yellow Nineties 2.0, Toronto Metropolitan University Centre for Digital Humanities, 2022.