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This article confronts P.J. de Loutherbourg’s drawings of the selected scenes from Tom Jones with the possible “Gothic” content in Henry Fielding’s novel. Commenting on Fielding’s pictorialism, I argue that the most suitable scene from Tom Jones would have been the actual Gothic mansion of Mr. Allworthy, but the scene does not attract the illustrator’s attention. Then, I discuss de Loutherbourg’s patterns of Gothicizing the selected scenes in the manner of Salvator Rosa, which in the original depend on the mock-heroic or the grotesque. The article concludes with raising more general questions about the paradigms of de-contextualization and re-contextualization in late 18th century print market and book illustration.
Artykuł poświęcony jest trzem „gotyckim” ilustracjom P.J. de Loutherbourga, przedstawiającym wybrane sceny z powieści Tom Jones Henry’ego Fieldinga. Artykuł podejmuje próbę odpowiedzi na pytanie, dlaczego ilustrator zrezygnował z ukazania gotyckich motywów obecnych w powieści Fieldinga, takich jak szczegółowy opis rezydencji Pana Allworthy’ego, i zamiast tego dokonał modyfikacji scen, które w wydaniu powieściowym nie mają z estetyką gotycką nic wspólnego. W konkluzji przypadek „gotyckiego Fieldinga” ukazany zostaje w kontekście istotnych zjawisk na rynku wydawniczym końca XVIII wieku.
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