No-one could black his boots except himself

Hugh Thomson


Photomechanical reproduction of a pen and ink drawing

3½ x 3 inches.

Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford, p.22.

Captain Brown polishing his boots. The illustration typifies Thomson’s visualization of Gaskell’s domestic drama; highlighting elements of genre, the artist imbues the everyday with value and significance, notably in the form of the boots and shoes that spill out of the design.

Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.

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