Lady Mason leaving the Court

Lady Mason leaving the Court

John Everett Millais

Wood engraving by the Dalziels

6½ x 4¼ inches

Anthony Trollope, Orley Farm, Vol 2, pictorial frontispiece.

A proleptic design which establishes volume two’s focus on Lady Mason’s trial and its outcome. The sombre black costumes have an emotional resonance, more suggestive of a funeral than a legal hearing. However, the funereal atmosphere is an accurate showing of the consequences before the event, which lead to the character’s exile from society: essentially a sort of death.

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Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.

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