Little Dorrit

Harry Furniss


14.9 x 9.5 cm framed

Dickens's Little Dorrit, Vol. 12 of Charles Dickens Library Edition, Book the First, "Poverty," Chapter 29, "Mrs. Flintwinch goes on Dreaming," facing p. 385.

This situation has no parallel in Phiz's original serial illustrations, but has an equivalent in James Mahoney's Household Edition illustrations of 1873, although Furniss's version is far more effective as character comedy. The over-the-top poses of the characters are complemented by gothic architectural elaboration around a gloomy portal worthy of Edgar Allen Poe, with a gargoyle leering down upon Affery from the capital, upper centre. Such touches are entirely absent in Mahoney's 1873 treatment of the same scene.

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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