"This is a sweet spot, ain't it? A lovelly spot!"
12.6 x 8.9 cm framed
In the third 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 excels himself in depicting a profusion of flowering plants and a hairy dog, as well as revealing his capacity for visual story-telling that we have seen in his previous illustrations for the 1868 edition of The Uncommercial Traveller. Focusing not on the lady of the house and her boy in the background, Pinwell emphasizes the tension between the male tramp and the family dog, of whom, despite the apparent nonchalance of the caption, the tramp is apprehensive. [Commentary continued below.]
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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.
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