Decorative title-page for ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’

Decorative title page for ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’

Thomas Robert Macquoid

Wood-engraving

7¾ x 5½ x inches

Harriet Beecher Stowe,Uncle Tom’s Cabin, title page

The main illustrations in this book are by George Thomas, but Macquoid enhances the designs by using emblematic borders. The floral accessories shown here partake of the mid-Victorian ‘language of flowers’; the roses connote both tragedy and Tom’s loving nature while other plants such as the ferns signal fortitude and memory.

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Scanned image by and text by Simon Cooke.

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