Mrs. Clennam seeks Little Dorrit

Harry Furniss


13.8 x 9.6 cm vignetted

Final illustration for little Dorrit, Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 12, facing p. 800.

Whereas Dickens's original illustrator, Hablot Knight Browne, probably in conjunction with the author, elected to realise the scene in which the Marshalsea community and the friends of Arthur and Amy come together to witness their marriage, Harry Furniss has chosen a much more melodramatic moment for his final illustration. The supposed invalid, Mrs. Clennam, rushes through the streets to the Marshalsea to seek Little Dorrit's forgiveness for having excluded her from her rightful inheritance.

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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