The Fat Boy Awake

The Fat Boy Awake

Harold Copping

1924

Colour lithography

Approximately 7 x 5 inches (16.6 x 12.2 cm)

From Character Sketches from Dickens, facing p. 20.

This scene Matz subtitles "Mr. Tupman is smitten" because it involves a humorously romantic encounter with "the spinster aunt," Miss Rachel Wardle, and one of Pickwick's "reporters." Here, just as Tupman begins courting Miss Wardle in the garden after the Dingley Dell versus Muddleton cricket match, Joe, Wardle's obese, perpetually sleepy servant, interrupts the couple (Part 3, June 1836, ch. 8).

Scanned image, caption, and commentary below by Philip V. Allingham

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