The Cornhill Magazine, Vol. 33 (1876), facing page 642 — Illustration for for Margaret Oliphant's Carita. Image scan, caption, and commentary by Philip V. Allingham. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one. in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one. ]by George Du Maurier.
With the serial runs of The Atonement of Leam Dundas and The Hand of Ethelberta complete, The Cornill was clearly in need of a new serial with which to lead off the June issue, and put Margaret Oliphant's "silver-fork" Carita on the front page, strongly implying the kind of reader to which the magazine was attempting to appeal in the 1870s. The initial "J" duffers from Du Maurier's other Cornhill miniatures because it does not depict either a character or a scene, whereas this drawing room scene is quite characteristic of the formal upper-middle class and aristocratic domestic scenes of two or three characters that Du Maurier favoured.
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