"Rustling among last year's leaves, whose scent woke memory of the past, the placid Pecksniff strolled." (1872). — Fred Barnard's thirty-fifth illustration for Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter XXX), page 241, in the Household Edition. [The complacent and thoroughly self-assured Seth Pecksniff unaware of the imminent financial collapse of the Anglo-Bengalee Life Assurance Company as he determines to marry Old Martin's companion, Mary, and thereby become de facto heir to a vast estate.] 10.5 cm x 13.6 cm. Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL. Click on this image to enlarge it.]

Relevant Images of the Hypocritical Pecksniff: Serial Edition (1843), Diamond Edition (1867), Kyd's Player's Cigarette Card (1910), Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), and Copping's Character Sketches (1924)

Left: Hablot Knight Browne's Mr. Pecksniff Discharges a Duty Which He Owes Society (February 1843). Centre: Sol Eytinge, Jr.'s Mr. Pecksniff and his Daughters (1867). Right: John Gilbert's polished Mr. Pecksniff's Courtship (1863). [Click on the images to enlarge them.]

Left: Clayton J. Clarke's Player's Cigarettre Card study of the humbug, Mr. Pecksniff strolled (1910). Centre: Harry Furniss's study of Pecksniff as a masher, Mr. Pecksniff Makes Love (1910). Right: Harold Copping's synthesis of all former Pecksniffs, Mr. Seth Pecksniff and Old Martin Chuzzlewit (1924). [Click on the images to enlarge them.]


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Dickens, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. Illustrated by Hablot Knight Browne. London: Chapman and Hall, 1844.

_____. Martin Chuzzlewit. Works of Charles Dickens. Household Edition. 55 vols. Il. F. O. C. Darley and John Gilbert. New York: Sheldon and Co., 1863. Vol. 2 of 4.

_____. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. Illustrated by Sol Eytinge, Junior. The Diamond Edition. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1867.

_____. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, with 59 illustrations by Fred Barnard. Household Edition, volume 2. London: Chapman and Hall, 1871-1880. The copy of the Household Edition from which this picture was scanned was the gift of George Gorniak, proprietor of The Dickens Magazine, whose subject for the fifth series, beginning in January 2008, was this novel.

_____. Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. Illustrated by Harry Furniss. The Charles Dickens Library Edition. 18 vols. London: Educational Book, 1910. Vol. 7.

Kyd [Clayton J. Clarke]. Characters from Dickens. Nottingham: John Player & Sons, 1910.

Matz, B. W., and Kate Perugini; illustrated by Harold Copping. Character Sketches from Dickens. London: Raphael Tuck, 1924.

Steig, Michael. "Martin Chuzzlewit's Progress by Dickens and Phiz. Dickens Studies Annual 2 (1972): 119-149.

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