They will come to hear a ruined man
George Housman Thomas
Wood engraving by W. Thomas
6 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches
Anthony Trollope,The Last Chronicle of Barset, Vol 2. Facing p.260.
A heart-rending scene in which Crawley makes his way through his congregation, many of whom have attended church in mockery, to hear ‘a ruined man’. The family’s expressions suggest their anguish, but Thomas also implies the clergyman’s courage, stepping defiantly towards the viewer. His clenched fist, in the very centre of the composition, is a powerful sign, adding another layer to the author’s penetrating analysis of suffering and fortitude.
Click on image to enlarge it.
Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.
[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.]