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Among those who sat for Strang, England's best portrait engraver, were such literary lions as Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, Thomas Hardy and John Masefield, a poet of the sea. Masefield is immortalized by the lines: "I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and sky; And all I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by." Strang's mezzotinted portrait, printed by his son David in 1909, corresponded with the publication of Masefield's first novels.
"John Masefield, now Poet-Laureate, when he came to London as a young man, formed an immediate friendship with my father, who kept open house on Sunday nights for supper, and he often used to come."
Galinthias Outwits Eileithyia by Announcing the Birth of Heracles (recto), Portrait of Mrs. Fuseli (verso)
Henry Fuseli (Swiss, 1747-1825)