"You are to be congratulated, Mr. Guppy; you are a fortunate young man, sir." — forty-first illustration by Fred Barnard in the Household Edition (1873). 10.6 cm high by 13.7 cm wide (4 ¼ by 5 ⅜ inches), framed, p. 277. Chapter 39. Running head: "The Removal of the Galaxy Gallery of British Beauty" (281). [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

Text Illustrated: Tulkinghorn investigates Mr. Guppy's interest in the Dedlocks

"Mr. Guppy," says Mr. Tulkinghorn, "could I have a word with you?"

Mr. Guppy is engaged in collecting the Galaxy Gallery of British Beauty from the wall and depositing those works of art in their old ignoble band-box. "Sir," he returns, reddening, "I wish to act with courtesy towards every member of the profession, and especially, I am sure, towards a member of it so well known as yourself — I will truly add, sir, so distinguished as yourself. Still, Mr. Tulkinghorn, sir, I must stipulate that if you have any word with me, that word is spoken in the presence of my friend."

"Oh, indeed?" says Mr. Tulkinghorn.

"Yes, sir. My reasons are not of a personal nature at all, but they are amply sufficient for myself."

"No doubt, no doubt." Mr. Tulkinghorn is as imperturbable as the hearthstone to which he has quietly walked. "The matter is not of that consequence that I need put you to the trouble of making any conditions, Mr. Guppy." He pauses here to smile, and his smile is as dull and rusty as his pantaloons. "You are to be congratulated, Mr. Guppy; you are a fortunate young man, sir."

"Pretty well so, Mr. Tulkinghorn; I don't complain."

"Complain? High friends, free admission to great houses, and access to elegant ladies! Why, Mr. Guppy, there are people in London who would give their ears to be you." [Chapter XXXIX, "Attorney and Client," 281]

Other​ Illustrations​ of The Deadlocks and Their Lawyer, 1852-1910

Left: The original Phiz introduction of the lawyer, The old man of the name of Tulkinghorn (January 1853). Centre: Fred Barnard's 1873 Household Edition illustration of the trio: "Who copied that?" (headpiece for Chapter One). Right: Sol Eytinge, Jr.'s 's Diamond Edition full-page wood-engraving of the secretive attorney and his chief clients: Sir Leicester and Lady Dedlock and Mr. Tulkinghorn (1867).

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