Characters in the Story

Harry Furniss

1910

14.5 x 9.4 cm framed

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

Dickens's full cast of characters does not appear in the ornate border, which in this edition is illustrator Harry Furniss's artistic response to the monthly wrappers designed by such early illustrators as George Cruikshank and Hablot Knight Browne. Although the eponymous character, Young Martin, appears in a conspicuous position, top centre, other well-known characters are accorded greater prominence, notably Seth Pecksniff and his daughters (upper left) and the inimitable Sairey Gamp (lower left). Some of the poses here provide the reader with premonitory snapshots of the full-page plates in the series — for example, Mark Tapley taking leave of the village at the finger-post (upper right). [Click on the illustration to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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