Idealized Beauty

Idealized Beauty

Alfred Crowquill

Wood engraving , probably by the Dalziels

3 x 2¼ inches

Combe, William.The Tour of Dr Syntax, 204.

This anodyne image exemplifies Crowquill’s deployment of the phsyiognomical code, representing the maidenly virtues in the form of a Keepsake beauty, ‘young and fair’ (204). Though produced in 1854, the image bespeaks the old-fashioned style of the 1820s and ’30s, which is far from the bold visual types presented by Pre-Raphaelite illustrators.

Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.

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