When a poor man came in sight

When a poor man came in sight

Arthur Gaskin

Wood-engraving by Gaskin

5 x 3½ inches

A Book of Pictured Carols, 18

This powerful design exemplifies Gaskin’s focus on dramatic situations and deep feeling. The character is only ‘gath’ring fuel’, but the artist infuses the scene with a sense of epic endeavour and significance; the monumental figure is engrossed in his work as he struggles against the hard conditions, and seems heroic rather than humble. [Commentary continues below.]

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