On the Original Illustrations of Trollope's Fiction

The Vicar of Bullhampton

Written 1868 (15 June - 1 November)
Serialized 1869 (July - 1870 (May), Monthly shilling numbers
Illustrated Henry Woods
Published as a book 1870 (April), Bradbury and Evans

Henry Woods provided 23 full-page illustrations and a vignette or rubric for each instalment of The Vicar of Bullhampton. I have reproduced 16 of the full-page illustrations with their accompanying captions and, just below these, quoted two brief excerpts from Chapter 6 of my book ("The Original Illustrations for Trollope's Novels, Trollope on the Net).

  1. Chapter 1: Bullhampton

    Henry Woods, "'You should give him an anwser, dear, one way or the other'" , The Vicar of Bullhampton

  2. Chapter 6: Brattle's Mill

    Henry Woods, detail from "'I thought I should catch you idle just at this moment', said the clergyman" , The Vicar of Bullhampton

  3. Chapter 8: The Last Day

    Henry Woods, "Mr Fenwick came round from Farmer Trumbull's side of the church, and got over the stile into the churchyard" [Mary Lowther], The Vicar of Bullhampton

  4. Chapter 12: Bone'm and his master

    Henry Woods, "'I hope it will be all right now, Mr Fenwick,' the girl said" [Carrie Brattle], The Vicar of Bullhampton

  5. Chapter 17: The Marquis of Trowbridge

    Henry Woods, "'How dare you menion my daughters.'" [like Crawley, Fenwick faces a community of hostile men, a humiliating moment], The Vicar of Bullhampton

  6. Chapter 18: Blank Paper

    Henry Woods, "'Is it all blank paper with you?'" [Captain Marrable, Mary Lowther], The Vicar of Bullhampton

  7. Chapter 24: The Rev. Henry Fitzackerley Chamberlaine

    Henry Woods, detail from "'Carrie,' he said, coming back to her, 'It wasn't all for him that I came.'" The Vicar of Bullhampton

  8. Chapter 29: The Bull at Loring

    Henry Woods, "Parson John and Walter Marrable" The Vicar of Bullhampton

  9. Chapter 33: Farewell

    Henry Woods, "Mary Lowther writes to Walter Marrable" The Vicar of Bullhampton

  10. Chapter 47: Sam Brattle is wanted

    Henry Woods, "'Who are you, sir, that you should interpret my words?'" The Vicar of Bullhampton

  11. Chapter 52: Carrie Brattle's Journey

    Henry Woods, "Carrie Brattle" [homeless in a darkened field]The Vicar of Bullhampton

  12. Chapter 54: Glebe Land

    Henry Woods, "Mr Quickenham's letter discussed" The Vicar of Bullhampton

  13. Chapter 58: Edith Brownlow's dream

    Henry Woods, "She had brought him out a cup of coffee" [Edith Brownlow told she is not wanted] The Vicar of Bullhampton

  14. Chapter 73: The Miller tells his troubles

    Henry Woods, detail from "'It's in here, Muster Fenwick, -- in here.'" [recalling Lucius Mason at close of Orley Farm, Fenwick seen from the back, listening to Mr Brattle ] The Vicar of Bullhampton

  15. Chapter 76: At the Mill

    Henry Woods, detail from "'Oh father,' she said, 'I will be good.'" The Vicar of Bullhampton

  16. Chapter 79: The Trial

    Henry Woods, "Waiting Room at the Assize Court" [Frontispiece to the volume], The Vicar of Bullhampton

From Trollope on the Net, Chapter 6:

he ordeals and depictions of male characters in The Last Chronicle find analogous crises and illustrations in many other novels by Trollope. During a group read of The Vicar of Bullhampton, a few of us were led to argue passionately over how to interpret the intense trauma of Harry Gilmore, the deep humiliation of Mr Brattle, and the comic mortification of the Vicar of the title, Frank Fenwick. Several of the pictures of these men recall those of Johnny Eames's and the Rev. Crawley's ordeals (see, for example, the frontispiece, 'Waiting Room at the Assize Court' and 'How dare you mention my daughters?', facing p. 113) . . .

The pictures of women differ in that they concentrate on the humiliations and ordeals of women who have small incomes, few connections and low status, or have experienced some sexual or marital betrayal. They also tend to treat as tragic a woman's sheer loneliness. These aspects of the ordeals of Lily Dale and Grace Crawley in The Last Chronicle of Barset are well-known. In our group read of The Vicar of Bullhampton, we talked at length of the similar ordeals of Mary Lowther and Carrie Brattle -- and I wrote about the illustrations of these. Carrie, who has fallen to prostitution, is in the first, the central and the two penultimate full-page illustrations in the book; many of the vignettes are of the Brattle family. While Trollope didn't dare to dwell on Carry too much at length in his verbal text, Henry Woods made her story central to the novel.38 Woods draws pictures depicting Edith Brownlow's disappointment when she learns that Captain Marrable can no longer be induced to marry her. The sad ending of Edith's story provides a counterpoint for the qualifiedly happy ending given Mary Lowther (who Marrable marries) and Carry (whose whose father takes her back into his home).

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