Old Rudge

Sol Eytinge

Wood engraving, approximately 10.1 cm high by 7.5 cm wide (framed), facing p. 82.

Fourth illustration for Dickens's Barnaby Rudge in the single volume Barnaby Rudge and Hard Times in the Ticknor & Fields (Boston, 1867) Diamond Edition.

In this fourth full-page character study for the first novel in the compact American publication, a rain-soaked ruffian, a criminal presumed dead but who haunts the living, prowls the seedier environs of London by night. By nature what we would call a "loner," Barnaby's father leads a clandestine existence, and is affiliated or allied with nobody else. [Commentary continues below.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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