Little Dorrit

Harry Furniss


14.6 cm high x 9.5 cm wide, framed

Dickens's Little Dorrit, Vol. 12 of Charles Dickens Library Edition, Book the First, "Poverty," Chapter 36, "The Marshalsea becomes an Orphan," or Book the Second, "Riches," Chapter 34, "Gone," facing the title-page.

Fin-de-siécle illustrator Harry Furniss's setting the keynote for the 1855-57 novel by depicting the diminutive Amy Dorrit's passing out from the main gateway of the Marshalsea Debtors' Prison in the Borough, south of the City of London proper. However, at the end of the first book, "Poverty," Amy does not, like her father, uncle, and sister, make a triumphal exit from the Marshalsea to the cheers of the other inmates in College Yard. In fact, her family have entirely forgotten her until it is time for their carriage to pull away. But only the faithful John Chivery attends her final departure.

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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