The Magazine

November, 1894 [Front cover]

Image Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.3 cms

Page Dimensions: 32.2 x 26 cms


Title: [Front cover]

Date: 1894

Inscription: Front cover, 32.2 x 26 cm, inscribed in pen and ink, “THE / MAGAZINE / EDITED BY / LUCY RAEBURN / NOVEMBER / PART / GLASGOW / ANNO / M. DCCCXCIV with illustration, pen and ink on paper, 9.5 x 8.3 cm, incorporating the Glasgow Coat of Arms and the motto “LABOR / IMPROBUS / OMNIA VINCIT” signed bottom centre “D. Y. C” attached to cover

Keywords: coats of arms; Glasgow; symbolism

Material: Pen and ink

Commentary: The drawing at centre is by D. Y. Cameron. With its tree, bell, and fish it is a reference to the Glasgow Coat of Arms. However, the Latin motto “Labor improbus omnia vincit” (“Bad work conquers all”) is the artist’s own comment. Does it refer to Glasgow or the contents of the Magazine? He also appears to have introduced serpent forms into the tree, suggestive of corruption and the Biblical account of the fall of man.