This is one of a number of designs Pinwell produced for Thackerays’s last novel, The Adventures of Philip serialised in The Cornhill Magazine from January 1861 until August 1862. Thackeray wrote to Walker in 1861 ‘The Blocks you have executed … have given so much satisfaction that I hope we may look for more from the same hand’.
Philip, shown sitting on the far left of a church pew, appears distracted while the rest of the congregation say their prayers. The figure was modelled by Gilbert Dalziel, who presented some of the wood-engravings shown in this room to the Tate Gallery in 1924.
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