​Old Chuffey.

Harry Furniss


12​cm high​by 5.8​cm wide, vignetted

Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit, Vol. 7 of Charles Dickens Library Edition, situated in Chapter ​11, "Wherein a Certain Gentleman becomes particular in his attentions to a certain lady; and more coming events than one, cast their shadows before," facing p. 192. Furniss puts the confidential family retainer in the spotlight rather than introducing him within the context of the Chuzzlewit office. As in the text, Chuffey is a revenant, sartorially speaking, dressed in worsted stockings, knee-breeches, and faded black tailcoat of a bygone era.

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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