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Image 1756-London-Tonson-01-036 
Illustration No. 1     
Illustrator John Vanderbank 
Engraver Gerard van der Gucht 
Title Caption  
Title Supplied Camila's pretended stabbing 
Part Part I, Madrid 1605  
Chapter Chapter 34 
Subject 34.1 Reading of El curioso impertinente continues
Illustration Type Chapter illustration
Technique Burin engraving
Etching (acquaforte)
Color Black and white 
Page Number f.p. 247 
Image Dimension 252 x 183 
Page Dimension 287 x 225 
Commentary A scene of great drama.
This edition inaugurates the interest in the interpolated novels.
Camila pretends to stab herself (it should be in the left shoulder) and Lotario and Leonela try to stop her; Anselmo, her husband, is hidden behind a tapestry (he should remain behind the tapestry during the whole scene).
Theatrical and dramatic scene; well-resolved movement and commotion.
Well-detailed and rich setting; drawing and engraving are excellent. 
Notes 1 - Same plate from London: Tonson, 1738 Spanish edition and London: Tonson, 1742 English edition.
2 - Oldfield defended the inclusion of these inserted episodes. "Los pasos serios, entremezclados, y artificiosamente enlazados en las Novelas, son maravillosamente proporcionados para que descanse la vista de la demasiada atención á unas mismas personas, y á una misma especie de acciones graciosas" ("Sobre las Estampas desta Historia". I, v).