Stephen and Rachael

Sol Eytinge


Wood engraving

Approximately 10 cm high by 7.5 cm wide (framed)

Fourth illustration for Dickens's Hard Times in the Ticknor & Fields single volume Barnaby Rudge and Hard Times Diamond Edition, facing p. 406.

Some thirteen years after the initial publication of Dickens's industrial novel, Eytinge correctly highlights several of the novelist's chief concerns in this story — the plight of the working poor, and the lack of humane divorce laws for all bust the most affluent. [Commentary continued below]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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