Sunday, January 29, 2012

Susan's Trying Term frontispiece

Like the frontispiece of Susan at School, that of Susan's Trying Term is also an indoor scene. Susan has just wiped the paint of a picture only to find another one underneath, using the dubious method of rubbing it with a turpentine-soaked rag! Of course, the painting turns out to be a long-lost masterpiece (a de Hooch, as a matter of fact) and will restore the fallen fortunes of the St. Ronan's. This illustration is very nice but poor Midge has had her hair change colour yet again, this time making her a redhead. This was necessary for readers to be able to tell the difference between her and Tessa.