Mr. Tupman looked round. There was the fat boy

Mr. Tupman looked round. There was the fat boy. by Phiz (Hablot K. Browne). Household Edition Dickens's Pickwick Papers, p. 49. Engraved by one of the Dalziels. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

This plate, a version of "The Fat Boy Awake Again," incorporates more realistic figures but minimizes the backdrop of the manor house at Dingley Dell, which bespeaks Rachael Wardle's wealth and therefore something of her attraction for Tupman. In this second version Tupman is already standing as he comforts a discommoded Rachael. Curiously, Phiz has now forgotten to include Tupman's sling, which is his pretext for remaining at Dingley Dell rather than accompanying the Pickwickians to the cricket match.

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Dickens, Charles. Pickwick Papers. The Household Edition. London: Chapman and Hall, 1874; New York: Harpers, 1874.

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