leaves the Village — title-page vignette

Frederick W. Pailthorpe


Dickens's Great Expectations, Robson and Kerslake Edition, title-page vignette.

Despite the fact that this edition was published late in the century, it is illustrated in an earlier idiom. Frederick William Pailthorpe (1838-1914) has deliberately constructed his images in the satirical caricature tradition of Hablot Knight Browne. Although only in his early fifties at the time, Pailthorpe was of the "old school" of book and magazine illustrators, as represented by his personal friend George Cruikshank, whose influence on Pailthorpe's work is obvious throughout the series, although less obvious in the title-page vignette than that of Browne. [Commentary continued below.]

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