"The Prisoners." An ironically entitled illustration which shows the Vicar’s reluctant audience as he delivers a long diatribe on the nature of providence. The gestures and facial expression vividly reveal their response. Wood-engraving, cut by John Thompson, 3 x 3½ inches, page 257. The illustration epitomizes Mulready’s treatment of groups, with the figures arranged in complex patterns, sometimes verging on the congested. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

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Goldsmith, Oliver.The Vicar of Wakefield. London: John Van Voorst, 1843.

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