After the initial (serial) unillustrated publication of Dickens's Hard Times for These Times in Household Words in 1854, the first cheap edition (1865) had a single plate, frontispiece by A. Boyd Houghton. For the 1868 Library Edition, painter and magazine-illustrator Frederick Walker, R.W. S. and A. R. A. (1840-1875), had provided four drawings to accompany to accompany Hard Times. The next significant artist to illustrate the short novel was Harry French, who provided a comprehensive programme of a frontispiece and nineteen full-size (generally half- page) plates for the Household Edition published by Chapman and Hall in the 1870s (134 pages, double- columned as are those in Household Words are). The following illustrations appear compliments of The Dickens House Museum, 48 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LX.

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Plates and Commentary

Characters by Number of Appearances Plates

  • Louisa 12 No. 1, 5, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19.
  • Thomas Gradgrind 5 No. 1, 4, 15, 16, and 17.
  • Stephen Blackpool 5 No. 6, 7, 8, 11, and 17.
  • James Harthouse 5 No. 9, 10, 11, 12, and 14.
  • Josiah Bounderby 5 No. 4, 9, 11, 16 and 17.
  • Tom 4 No. 3, 10, 11, and 16.
  • Rachae l3 No. 8, 16, and 17.
  • SissyJupe 3 No. 5, 17, and 18.
  • Sleary 2 No. 2, 18
  • Josephine Sleary 1 No. 2.
  • E.W. B. Childers 1 No. 4.
  • Master Kidderminster 1 No. 4.
  • Mrs.Blackpool 1 No. 6.
  • Mrs.Pegler 1 No. 7.
  • Mrs.Gradgrind 1 No. 13.
  • Mrs.Sparsit 1 No. 14.
  • Characters not depicted: Bitzer, Slackbridge, Sissy's father, Jane Gradgrind, and Merrylegs
  • Reference List

  • Dickens,Charles. Hard Times with twenty illustrations by H. French. London: Chapman and Hall [1875?].
  • Hammerton, J. A. The Dickens Picture-Book. London: Educational Book [1910].

  • Victorian Web Victorian Book Illustration Harry French

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