Allan's Neighbour

George Housman Thomas, 1824-1868

Engraved by William Luson Thomas (Thomas's brother)


From Wilkie Collins's novel Armadale, Vol.1, facing p. 165

Source: the 1866 Smith, Elder edition, uploaded to the Internet Archive by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Thomas depicts a key episode in the novel, Allan's first encounter with Miss Milroy, in which, having overheard her standing up to the elderly gardener's remonstrance, he has come across her trespassing and picking flowers: "The young lady turned round, with a scream; her muslin dress, which she was holding up in front, dropped from her hand, and a prodigious lapful of flowers rolled out on the gravel walk" (205). [continued below.]

Caption and commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee.

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