An illustration from The Woman in White


Wilkie Collins’s novel, The Woman in White, was first serialised in Charles Dickens’s journal All The Year Round, starting in November 1859. The Woman in White was a massive financial success for Collins, after this he was able to command advances of up to £5000 for his novels. The Woman in White was the key book in establishing what became known as ‘sensation fiction’. 

The Woman in White has an intricately plot, organised as a chain of ‘witness’ statements. A style Collins also used in The Moonstone

The scene illustrated here is captioned ‘I turned on the instant, with my fingers tightening round the handle of my stick’. It is of the scene, early in the novel, where Walter Hartright first sees Anne Catherick (the woman in white).

Label by Roger Luckhurst.

Full title:
The Woman in White ... Illustrated, etc.
1860, New York, US
Book / Illustration
Wilkie Collins
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Public Domain
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British Library

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