Mr. Pecksniff Makes Love

Harry Furniss

1910

14.1 x 9.6 cm vignetted

Fifteenth illustration for The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit in the Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 7, facing p. 481.

Dickens's description of the egotistical architect Seth Pecksniff attempting to woo young Martin's love interest, Mary Graham, is uproariously funny because Pecksniff honestly believes that a man of his parts must succeed in romancing a woman half his age, despite the obvious look of chagrin and disgust on Mary Graham's face. [Click on illustration to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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