Mr. Pecksniff and his Daughters

Sol Eytinge, Jr.

1867

Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit (Diamond Edition)

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Wood engraving, approximately 10 cm high by 7.5 cm wide (framed)

This second full-page character study introduces the story's arch-hypocrite, Seth Pecksniff, a widower and architect living in a village not far from Salisbury. Portraiture was high on the Royal Academy scale, and Eytinge has used the academician's trick of conveying the characters of the sitters through their faces, postures, and juxtapositions, showing their close affinity but subtle personality differences.

Image scan and text by Philip V. Allingham; formatting by George P. Landow.

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