(MITFORD, Mary Russell) BROCK, C. E.
An upright, downright, English Yeoman.
The original illustration, signed by the artist, for one of the character portraits in Mary Russell Mitford’s “Our Village”, which comprised a series of sketches of country life. Brock’s illustrations form part of the “Series of English Idylls” published by J. M. Dent & Co. The figure depicted is a classic English archetype, Farmer Thorpe, “a stout, square, sturdy personage of fifty, or there-about, with a hard weather-beaten countenance, of that peculiar vermilion, all over alike, into which the action of the sun and wind sometimes tans a fair complexion; sharp, shrewd features, and a keen grey eye. He looks completely like a man who will neither cheat nor be cheated.”
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Original pen-and-ink watercolour illustration (404 288 mm), in a wash-line mount. Margins faintly marked, with chips to edges, image bright and clean, in very good condition.