Time and His Wife

1868

12.4 x 8.7 cm framed

Facing page 246 in the Illustrated Library Edition

In the fourth and final Pinwell illustration for the Illustrated Library Edition of The Uncommercial Traveller, the artist offers a dual character study that in a few minor respects is at variance with Dickens's description of the couple and the churchyard, but significantly enhances the reader's sympathy for the elderly couple tending the ancient burial-ground. Pinwell has eliminated the cupids, those rather obvious symbols of romantic devotion, from the headstone in the foreground, and has provided a generalized urban street scene as the backdrop. [Commentary continued below.]

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