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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Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.
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