Illustrated initial letter

Mary Ellen Edwards


Wood engraving by Horace Harral

3½ x 2¼ inches

Illustration for Anthony Trollope’sThe Clavverings, The Cornhill Magazine, July 1866, p.85.

Unlike the full-page illustrations which face them, and act as proleptic designs to draw the reader deeper into the instalment, the initial letters used in mid-Victorian periodicals usually depict a scene which is described in the opening lines. [continued below]

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Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke

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