Thomas Gradgrind

Sol Eytinge


Wood engraving

Approximately 10 cm high by 7.5 cm wide (framed), f

First illustration for Dickens's Hard Times in the Ticknor & Fields single volume Barnaby Rudge and Hard Times Diamond Edition, facing p. 375.

In illustrating Dickens's 1854 novel, Eytinge likely did not have the benefit of studying the brief series of woodcuts that Fred Walker completed for Chapman and Hall's illustrated Library Edition in 1862. Certainly, the six illustrations in the Diamond Edition of 1867 seem to owe nothing to Walker, nor to have influenced the work of American expatriate Charles Stanley Reinhart for the Harper and Brothers' Household Edition of the novel, issued in 1876. [commentary continued below]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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