The Plotters

Harry Furniss


detail from an illustration 13.9 cm high x 9.4 cm wide, vignetted.

Dickens's Little Dorrit, Vol. 12 of Charles Dickens Library Edition, Book the Second, "Poverty," Chapter 10, "The Dreams of Mrs. Flintwinch thicken," facing p. 577.

Fin-de-siécle illustrator Harry Furniss's interpretation of the scene in which Rigaud (alias "Lagnier" and now "Blandois"), having returned to London from Italy, warmly greets his "old friend," Mrs. Clennam's cunning business associate and confidant, Jeremiah Flintwinch.In the twenty-eight Charles Dickens Library Edition, the melodramatic Gallic scoundrel appears just three times, most prominently in this twentieth lithograph based on a vigorous pen-and-ink sketch which, unlike Mahoney's realistic interpretation, captures the whimsical and the fantastic elements of the villain created by Phiz in 1856. [Commentary continued below]

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