"Former benevolence now repaid." A moment of reconciliation and happiness in which Olivia returns. Mulready stresses the emotion, though it is interesting to note that he shows the sister embracing her siblings; not her effusive father. The gestures and grouping are closely linked to the artist’s paintings, and could easily be translated into a genre piece in oil. Wood engraving, cut by John Thompson, 3 x 3½ inches, page 278. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

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

6 February 2021