I am Married

I am Married

Phiz (Hablot K. Browne)

June 1850

Etching on steel

Dickens's David Copperfield, chapter 43, "Another Retrospect."

Source: Centenary Edition, volume two, facing page 236.

In the second illustration in the fourteenth monthly number, which was issued in June 1850 and comprises chapters 41 through 43, Phiz bases the composition on the design of the first illustration in the serial publication, "Our pew at church", once again satirising the complacent Anglicanism of mid-nineteenth century Britain, suggested by the cobweb on the eighteenth-century statue and indifferent minister. As in the earlier picaresque novel Martin Chuzzlewit (1843-44), the entrapment of a fly in the web suggests victimization. [cont. below]

Image scan, caption, and commentary below by Philip V. Allingham.

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