Frontispiece for Cranford

Frontispiece for Cranford

George Du Maurier

Wood engraving by Joseph Swain

5½ x 3½ inches

Gaskell, Elizabeth.Cousin Phillis,frontispiece.

Du Maurier’s pictorial frontispieces for Gaskell’s fiction work are proleptic designs,, introducing the main characters and firmly locating the action in its provincial setting. The deployment of portal imagery, such as gates and doors, clinches the idea of the illustrations as entry points into the text.

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