Pecksniff

Harry Furniss

1910

14.7​ cm high​ by 9.8 cm wide vignetted

Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit, Vol. 7 of The​ Charles​ Dickens Library Edition, Chapter​ 45, "In which Tom Pinch and his Sister take a little Pleasure; but quite in a Domestic Way, and with no Ceremony about it," facing p. 737.​ Now that the chief plot thread, of the rift between Old Martin Chuzzlewit and his grandson, has been resolved, Dickens turns his attention (and ours) to the incipient romance of the young architect John Westlock, formerly Tom's former fellow apprentice, and Ruth Pinch, until recently a governess. The pair meet — apparently by accident — in the Fountain Court in the Middle Temple, where Tom is working on organizing the library — Furniss even places Tom well in the background, upper left.

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