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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
To face p.
PORTRAIT OF OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Frontispiece CROAKER THRASHING THE POSTBOY (Good-Natur’d Man).
From an engraving published in 1805 . To face p. 72 MR. QUICK IN THE CHARACTER OF TONY LUMPKIN (She
Stoops to Conquer). From the 1780 edition of Poems
To face p. 158 WAKEFIELD. Engraved by J. Walker from an original
drawing by W. Turner; published in 1798 To face p. 188 GEORGE'S DEPARTURE. From an engraving by Stothard; published in 1792
To face p. 199 WAKEFIELD BRIDGE. Engraved by J. Rogers from a
drawing by N. Whittock; published in 1829 To face p. 200 CHANTRY ON THE BRIDGE AT WAKEFIELD. Engraved by
J. Rogers from a drawing by N. Whittock; published
202 SANDAL CASTLE, NEAR WAKEFIELD. From an engraving published in 1785
To face p. 204 MR. BURCHELL READING THE BALLAD OF THE HERMIT. From an engraving in the Faris edition of 1806.
To face p. 226 DISCOVERY OF OLIVIA. From an engraving by Stothard; published in 1792
To face p. 330 PICKERING, YORKSHIRE. Engraved by J. Walker from an original drawing by J. Hornsey ; published in 1797
To face p. 354 INTERIOR OF PICKERING CASTLE. Sketched and engraved by W. Tombleson
To face p. 364 THE VICAR AND HIS FAMILY. From an engraving by Stothard; published in 1792
To face p. 414 THE DEAF POSTILION. From an engraving by George Cruikshank
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ILLUSTRATIONS TO THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD'
By William Mulready, R.A., 1843
The Wedding Dress .
187 The Vicar's Dispute with Wilmot
192 Sophia rescued from Drowning
197 Flamborough and the Piper
205 Concert in the Arbour, and Approach of Thornhill 210 Haymaking : Burchell and Sophia
215 Dispute between Moses and Thornhill
220 Dining in the Hay-field
225 Too late for Church
236 Fudge !
241 Moses going to the Fair
246 The Vicar showing his horse Blackberry
252 Burchell's Pocket-book found
258 Nearly of a Size
263 The Elopement
270 The Vicar, the Stroller, and the entrance of Arabella Wilmot 276 George bribing the Servant
283 Mr. Crispe's Office
292 George entertaining the Cottagers
298 Olivia, Thornhill, and the young Baronet
308 The Fire
324 Olivia's Misery
334 The Cattle driven for the Rent
339 Attempt to Rescue
345 The Vicar paying his Footing
351 The First Exhortation
363 Abduction of Sophia
368 Sermon in the Cell
380 Return of Sophia
386 Conviction of Thornhill
395 At the Altar
WHEN I undertook to write a comedy, I confess I was strongly prepossessed in favour of the poets of the last age,and strove to imitate them. The term,genteel comedy, was then unknown amongst us, and little more was desired by an audience, than nature and humour, in whatever walks of life they were most conspicuous. The author of the following scenes never imagined that more would be expected of him, and therefore to delineate character has been his principal aim. Those who know any thing of composition, are sensible, that in pursuing humour, it will sometimes lead us into the recesses of the mean ; I was even tempted to look for it in the master of a spunging-house ; but in deference to the public taste, grown of late, perhaps, too delicate, the scene of the bailiffs was retrenched in the representation. In deference also to the judgment of a few friends, who think in a particular way, the scene is here restored. The author submits it to the reader in his closet; and hopes that too much refinement will not banish humour and character from ours, as it has already done from the French theatre. Indeed the French comedy is now become so very elevated and sentimental, that it has not only banished humour and Molière from the stage, but it has banished all spectators too.
Upon the whole, the author returns his thanks to the public for the favourable reception which The GoodNatur’d Man has met with : and to Mr. Colman in particular, for his kindness to it. It may not also be improper to assure any, who shall hereafter write for the theatre, that merit, or supposed merit, will ever be a sufficient passport to his protection.