- Introduction to the plates
- Plate One [The gibbet on the marshes]
- Plate Two: "You young dog!" said the man, licking his lips at me, "What fat cheeks you ha' got!"
- Plate Three: "Pip, old chap! You'll do yourself a mischief. It'll stick somewhere. You can't have chawed it, Pip.""
- Plate Four: "You're not a false imp? You brought no one with you?"
- Plate Five: But he was down on the rank wet grass, filing at his iron like a madman."
- Plate Six: "Oh, Un-cle Pum-ble-chook! This is kind!"
- Plate Seven [Three soldiers, carrying torches, are leading Magwitch, centre, away in chains.]
- Plate Eight: Then Joe began to hammer and clink, hammer and clink."
- Plate Nine: [Mrs. Joe roughly washes and dries Pip's face]
- Plate Ten: "At such times as your sister is on the ram-page, Pip."
- Plate Eleven: "Who is it?" said the lady at the table. "Pip, Ma'am."
- Plate Twelve: "Leave this lad to me, Ma'am; leave this lad to me."
- Plate Thirteen: "It's a great cake. A bride-cake. Mine!"
- Plate Fourteen: "Which I meantersay, Pip." Note: The January 19 (i. e., ninth) instalment was not illustrated, and no instalment appeared in the January 26 issue of Harper's.
- Plate Fifteen [Pip and Biddy sitting on a bank in the Marshes].
- Plate Sixteen: "Hulloa!" he growled; "Where are you two going?"" [Orlick, Pip, and Biddy]
- Plate Seventeen: [Scene: Saturday night at the Three Jolly Bargemen]
- Plate Eighteen: "Pip's a gentleman of fortune, then" said Joe, "and God bless him in it!"
- Plate Nineteen [Pip and Joe on the marshes]
- Plate Twenty: "And may I — May I —?"
- Plate Twenty-one: "You infernal scoundrel, how dare you tell me that?"
- Plate Twenty-two: "I hope your Mama is quite well?"
- Plate Twenty-three: "This chap murdered his master."
- Plate Twenty-four: "Molly, let them see both your wrists. Show them. Come!"
- Plate Twenty-five: "Pip, how are you, Pip?"
- Plate Twenty-six: We walked round the garden twice or thrice more, etc.
- Plate Twenty-seven: "Hold me! I'm so frightened!"
- Plate Twenty-eight: "If I say yes, may I kiss the cheek again?"
- Plate Twenty-nine: "Dear Joe, how are you?"
- Plate Thirty: The responsible duty of making the toast was delegated to the Aged.
- Plate Thirty-one: She carried a bare candle in her hand, etc.
- Plate Thirty-two: "All done, all gone!"
- Plate Thirty-three: "Look here," said Herbert.
- Plate Thirty-four: Let me sit listening as I would, with dread, etc. 11.5 cm wide by 12 cm high.
- Plate Thirty-five: I saw her running at me, shrieking, with a whirl of fire blazing all about her, etc.
- Plate Thirty-six: "Know him!" repeated the landlord. "Ever since he was no height at all."
- Plate Thirty-seven: He was taken on board, and instantly manacled at the wrists and ankles.
- Plate Thirty-eight: The placid look at the white ceiling came back, and passed away, and his head dropped quietly on his breast.
- Plate Thirty-nine: Joe now sat down to his great work, etc.
- Plate Forty: I saw the shadow of no parting from her.
Note: The May 11, 18, and 25 (i. e., the twenty-fourth through twenty-sixth) instalments were not illustrated, perhaps because Harper's was providing extensive pictorial coverage of the Civil War, depicting camps, fortresses, and battles — e. g., Camp Curtin, Near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a Rendezvous of the Pennsylvania Volunteers. — [Sketched by Jasper Green, Esq.] on page 301 takes up three of the four columns, the fourth being the start of Chapter 38 of Great Expectations. A Civil War scene also occupies the space that might otherwise have been devoted to McLenan illustrations on p. 318.
Other Artists’ Illustrations for Dickens's Great Expectations
- Edward Ardizzone (2 plates selected)
- H. M. Brock (8 lithographs)
- J. Clayton Clarke ("Kyd") (2 lithographs from watercolours)
- Felix O. C. Darley (4 photogravure plates)
- Sol Eytinge, Jr. (8 wood engravings)
- Marcus Stone (8 wood engravings)
- Frederic W. Pailthorpe (21 coloured lithographs)
- Harry Furniss (28 plates)
- Charles Green (10 lithographs)
- Abel Magwitch: A Chronology of the Step-father Figure in Dickens's Great Expectations
- Front page of All the Year Round, Vol. IV, No. 84
- Fifteen Images of Magwitch
- A Comparison of Fraser's Illustrations in the original 1876 Household Edition plates and those in the Collier New York edition of 1900
- Great Expectations in Film and Television, 1917 to 2000
- Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations
- Bibliography of works relevant to illustrations of Great Expectations
Allingham, Philip V. "The Illustrations for Great Expectations in Harper's Weekly (1860-61) and in the Illustrated Library Edition (1862) — 'Reading by the Light of Illustration'." Dickens Studies Annual, Vol. 40 (2009): 113-169.
Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. Illustrated by John McLenan. [The First American Edition]. Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization, Vols. IV: 740 through V: 495 (24 November 1860-3 August 1861).
______. Great Expectations. All the Year Round. Vols. IV and V. 1 December 1860 through 3 August 1861.
______. ("Boz."). Great Expectations. With thirty-four illustrations from original designs by John McLenan. Philadelphia: T. B. Peterson (by agreement with Harper & Bros., New York), 1861.
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