A City Personage


12.4 x 8.7 cm framed

Facing page 104 in the Illustrated Library Edition

In the second of the four Pinwell Illustrations — which the 1893 reprint of the Illustrated Library Edition by Chapman and Hall has mistakenly attributed to Marcus Stone — George Pinwell reveals his capacity for visual story-telling. Like the large-scale and smaller, more intimate oil paintings of such seventeenth-century Dutch masters as Vermeer and Rembrandt, Pinwell's wood-engraving here focusses on a relationship between several characters, and challenges the viewer to construct their story. [Commentary continued below.]

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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