George Du Maurier
Wood engraving by Joseph Swain
5½ x 3½ inches
Gaskell, Elizabeth.Lizzie Leigh and Other Tales, frontispiece
Du Maurier has a sharp eye for nuance and here, as throughout his illustrations for Gaskell, he suggests the characters’ depth of feeling by focusing on telling gestures and significant looks. The tenderness of the scene exemplifies his sensitive and emotional reading of her texts.
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