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An upright, downright, English Yeoman.
  • An upright, downright, English Yeoman.

(MITFORD, Mary Russell) BROCK, C. E.

An upright, downright, English Yeoman.

Published: 1904

Stock code: 76085

Price: £1,500

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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.”

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.

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