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Edward Henry Corbould (1815-1905)

Hetty Sorrel and Captain Donnithorne in Mrs Poyser's dairy dated 1861

RCIN 451113

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Queen Victoria greatly admired Edward Corbould’s work, and commissioned him to paint this scene from George Eliot’s Adam Bede, in which the young Captain Donnithorne admires the flirtatious Hetty Sorrel during a visit to her aunt’s dairy. The novel had been published in 1859 to much acclaim and was read several times by the Queen.