‘A puir feckless thing’

Mary Ellen Edwards

1866

Wood engraving by Horace Harral

6¼ x 4 inches

Illustration for Anthony Trollope’sThe Clavverings. The Cornhill Magazine, February 1866, facing p.129.

This striking design is the opening illustration to Trollope’s sour and problematic novel and clearly establishes the central situation in which Julia Brabazon marries Lord Ongar purely for money and rank. Edwards dramatizes the huge difference between them: one a healthy, ‘lusty … lass’ and the other an old man, ‘puir’ and ‘tottering’, who is nevertheless a well-known roué. [continued below]

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