“Ascertaining the Weight”

This plate hails from William Scrope’s Days and Nights of Salmon Fishing on the Tweed, published in 1843. It’s one of a number of interesting illustrations in the book, showcasing elements of composition that hearken back to the religious paintings of centuries gone by. Readers old enough to remember Arnold Gingrich may recall that Scrope was one of his favorite writers; he ranked him right alongside Walton as one of the all-time greats. Scrope certainly had command of the language, no question about that, but it will take someone with a more dedicated appreciation of his style than I to read him in full. I myself will continue to settle for bits and pieces and, of course, the delightful illustrations contained within.