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1. Pip fancies he sees Estella's Face in the Fire For Ch. XIV, 102
1.a. Characters in the Story
2. Pip's Struggle with the Escaped Convict I 8
3. Pip does not enjoy his Christmas Dinner I 33
4. Miss Havisham IV 64
5. An Unexpected Pleasure for PipXI 88
6. Dolge Orlick XV 97
7. At the Three Jolly Bargemen XX 128
8. Mr. Jaggers and his Clients I 161
9. Mrs. Pocket and her Family XXII 177
10. Pip shares the Treat of Mr. Wemmick, Senior XXV 192
11. Molly shows her Wrists XVI 208
12. Estella and Pip in Miss Havisham's Garden XXIX 225
13. Pip enters Mr. Wopsle's Dressing-Room XXXI 240
14. Mr. Wopsle As Hamlet XXXI 256
15. At Mrs. Gargery's Funeral XXXV 272
16. Pip watches Wemmick and Miss Skiffins XXXVII 289
17. Provis XXXIX 304
18. Magwitch and Compeyson in the Booth at Epsom XLII 320
19. Drummle and Pip at the Blue Boar XLIII 336
20. Estella tells Pip of her Engagement to Mr. Drummle XLIV 344
21. Mr. Wemmick, Senior, has Breakfast in Bed XLV 353
22. Pip rescues Miss Havisham from the Fire XLIX 384
23. Pip in Mr. Jaggers's Office LI 392
24. Pip in the Power of Dolge Orlick LIII 400
25. Magwitch under Sentence of Death LVI 432
26. Joe indites a Note to Biddy LVII 440
27. Estella and Pip LIX 456

Illustrations of Great Expectations (1910)

Harry Furniss's eighteen-volume edition of The Charles Dickens Library Edition (London: Educational Book Company, 1910) contains some 500 special plates (part of the total of 1200 illustrations) and two volumes of commentary. Volume 17, by series editor J. A. Hammerton, is entitled The Dickens Picture Book: A Record of the Dickens Illustrators. In this volume, Hammerton compares the impressionist work of Furniss with the more conventional realisations of the great Household Edition illustrator Fred Barnard and the great recorder of London life, French illustrator Gustav Doré, in "The Art of Mr. Harry Furniss." Inevitably, he compares the renderings of Dickens's characters by these roughly contemporary artists with those of Dickens's greatest partner in illustration, Phiz, or Hablot Knight Browne:

It is not too much to assert that in every case where our artist has chosen a scene originally treated by Phiz and later by Fred Barnard, he has touched it to new life. In comparison with Phiz, the splendid vigour of his line, his superior sense of character, his more refined and subtler humour, his infinitely greater sense of beauty, and the general feeling of actuality resulting from drawing from the life, make Mr. Furniss's illustrations so vastly to be preferred that it is needless to emphasise the contrast. [XVII, 33]

That Barnard rarely chose to assail a scene already rendered by the great Phiz Hammerton does not pause to consider; nor is he inclined to see the value in Phiz's detailism. An admirer of Fred Barnard's Household Edition illustrations, he still gives the nod to his contemporary, Harry Furniss: "There is little to choose between the two artists in the beautiful confidence and grace of their lines, and still less in their portraiture of individual characters" (30), he concedes, but disparages Barnard's handling of group scenes as "tame and lifeless" (30). The title-page vignettes of the seventeenth volume contain approximately forty of Dickens's best known characters, ranging from such early comic studies as Samuel Pickwick (top centre) to later figures such as the indefatigable Wilkins Micawber (upper right), the hyperbolic hypocrite Seth Pecksniff (lower right), and the irascible Wackford Squeers (upper left).

Although all the plates of Volume 14, Great Expectations and Reprinted Pieces, contain captions, some offer quoted text and refer to page numbers in the edition while others do not. Since each page is 12 by 18.2 cm (4.75 by 7.25 inches) and their margins of 2 cm (3.125 inches by 6.375 inches), with a caption below each in upper-case, and often below that a quotation in upper and lower case, each plate is effectively 14 cm by 8 cm (5.5 inches by 3.25 inches).

Illustrations for Dickens's Great Expectations by other artists

Other Artists’ Illustrations for Dickens's 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).

______. ("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.

______. Great Expectations. Illustrated by Marcus Stone. The Illustrated Library Edition. London: Chapman and Hall, 1862. Rpt. in The Nonesuch Dickens, Great Expectations and Hard Times. London: Nonesuch, 1937; Overlook and Worth Presses, 2005.

______. A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations. Illustrated by Sol Eytinge, Jr. The Diamond Edition. 16 vols. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1867.

______. Great Expectations. Volume 6 of the Household Edition. Illustrated by F. A. Fraser. London: Chapman and Hall, 1876.

______. Great Expectations. The Gadshill Edition. Illustrated by Charles Green. London: Chapman and Hall, 1898.

______. Great Expectations. The Grande Luxe Edition, ed. Richard Garnett. Illustrated by Clayton J. Clarke ('Kyd'). London: Merrill and Baker, 1900.

______. Great Expectations. "With 28 Original Plates by Harry Furniss." Volume 14 of the Charles Dickens Library Edition. London: Educational Book Co., 1910.

Paroissien, David. The Companion to "Great Expectations." Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 2000.

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