Mr. Nadgett produces the result of his private inquiries. (1872). Forty-third illustration by Fred Barnard for Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter 38), page 297. Detective Nadgett makes his confidential report to Mr. Montague, formerly "Montague Tigg," in Ch. 38, "Secret Service," about Jonas Chuzzlewit's activities. Highly cautious and apprehensive about the possibility of being overheard, Nadgett insists on Montague's reading his multi-page account silently rather than have Nadgett deliver it orally. The highly ornate dressing-gown and cap which the affluent Tigg wears here are entirely Barnard's invention; in the February 1844 Hablot Knight Browne illustration, Tigg is in shirt-sleeves, preparing to get dressed to go the Anglo-Bengalee offices. 9.4 x 13.8 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.]

Relevant Illustrations, 1844-1910

Left: Hablot Knight Browne's version of the interview between Tigg Montague and Jonas Chuzzlewit, realizing the moment when the swindler utters the word "poison," Mr. Nadgett Breathes, as Usual, an Atmosphere of Mystery (Chapter 38, February 1844). Centre: Felix Octavius Carr Darley's companion study of Seth Pecksniff and Montague Tigg in the opening chapters, when the military-looking sharper is continually cadging loans for Chevy Slyme, And was straightway let down stairs (Frontispiece, Vol. 1, 1862). Right: Sol Eytinge, Jr.'s perceptive portrait of the shabby, secretive, and observative private detective, Mr. Nadgett (Chapter 27, 1867). [Click on images to enlarge them.]

Above: Harry Furniss's somewhat derivative realisation of the scene in which Tigg Montague, the insurance company director, receives his investor Jonas Chuzzlewit just after receiving Nadgett's report, Jonas Chuzzlewit and Montagu Tigg​ (1910). [Click on the image to enlarge it.]


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