Trabb's Boy

Sol Eytinge

Wood engraving

Approximately 10 cm high by 7.5 cm wide (framed)

The final illustration in Dickens's Great Expectations in the single volume A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations in the Ticknor & Fields (Boston, 1867) Diamond Edition.

In this final illustration (an individual, full-page, comic character study) for the second novel in the compact American publication, Trabb's stock-boy and apprentice in the haberdasher's trade strikes a ridiculous pose to demonstrate to Pip how pretentious and absurd he, a former apprentice to the local blacksmith, appears to the other young males of his native village now that he has donned the clothes and affected the hauteur of an London "gentleman."

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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