Footsteps in the corridor

Footsteps in the corridor

John Everett Millais

Wood engraving by the Dalziels

6¼ x 4¼ inches

Anthony Trollope,Orley Farm, Vol 1, facing p. 240.

An image of Madeline Staveley’s unhappiness following her love-tryst with Peregrine. The image exemplifies Millais’s interest in female psychology and contrasts with Lady Mason’s suffering. Trollope describes her state of mind as a matter of ‘skulking’ (p.241), but the illustrator invests her figure with an intense melancholy which acts, typically, to expand the author’s range of implication.

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Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.

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