Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Antique Illustration: Colonial Times in Old America

These are from our continuing series out of Thackeray's "The Virginians." We really have a good time looking at every detail in each one. Thackeray not only gave us his "Vanity Fair," and "Barry Lyndon" novels, but he wrote many other things besides, all of them so mid-Victorian they almost wear corsets or tophats! ;)
This one is a cutie pie, if you ask me. Here's one mother sharing her young babe in arms with another. It's sweet and fun to look into. For instance, you'll note the presence of a slave companion to one lady standing behind her, almost at center. Thackeray's first accounting of his storyline was well before our Civil War had ended. In fact, the author himself met his end a few years before its start.
This novel, which was written for a periodical in parts, takes place long before our Civil War, however. The 1700's are a fascinating time period in our American history, but also in our world's history as well.
The story behind Thackeray's books and drawings and a full accounting of his life may be found HERE, where you'll also find links to his plot line for this story (not intended for those looking to read his work--too many surprises spoiled).
So here we have his "Master Miles Warrington" illustration, in both our Black & White and Original Look versions.
Happy Creativity!

Thackeray Illustration: "Master Miles"

Black & White
Downloadable Version HERE

Original Look
Downloadable Version HERE

Scanned Imagery courtesy PPS Archives
Free for Public Domain Use


Ann said...

love this..yep,downloaded both!!!
thanks so much!! have no idea how much money you save me!!! all these wonderful free images!!!

Plush Possum Studio said...

Ann: Thank you for commenting here as often as you do! It always makes me smile!

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