Hetty Sorrel and Captain Donnithorne in Mrs Poyser's dairy
This scene from George Eliot’s Adam Bede is a pair to Dinah Morris Preaching. It depicts the young heir to Donnithorne Chase admiring the flirtatious Hetty Sorrel who works in her aunt’s dairy. As a pair, the works contrast the behaviour of the virtuous and modest Dinah with the extrovertly self-aware Hetty.
Signed and dated: EDWARD H. CORBOULD 1861.
Text adapted from Victoria & Albert: Art & Love, London, 2010