Eight engravings in illustration of Waverley. Edinburgh: Royal Association for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in Scotland, 1871.
“Waverley and Rose Bradwardine at their studies”: Engraving by Francis Holl after Robert Herdman.
In Scott’s famed debut novel, Edward Waverley is a daydreaming young Englishman of romantic disposition, widely read in poetry and romance. On military leave, he forms an attachment with the gentle Rose, daughter of the baron of Bradwardine. However, driven by a spirit of adventure, he meets and falls in love with Flora, a beautiful and fanatical loyalist to the Stuarts, in whose cause Edward becomes embroiled.
The placid Rose is depicted by Scott as the rational, realistic present of post-Union Scotland, as opposed to the colourful, passionate past represented by Flora.