Tom Pinch

Sol Eytinge

Wood engraving, approximately 10 cm high by 7.5 cm wide (framed), facing title-page

Initial illustration for Dickens's The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit in the Ticknor and Fields (Boston, 1867) Diamond Edition.

In this first full-page character study for the novel, Eytinge examines the transported creative artist, the good-hearted but naive Tom Pinch, the friend of both John Westlock and Martin Chuzzlewit who, unlike these other eirons, does not marry at the conclusion of the story, but plays the organ in solitary reverie at the conclusion of the novel and the winding up of all the other threads of the picaresque plot. [Continued below]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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