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Illustrations for the Centenary Edition of the works by Charles Dickens (1912)

Each contains about thirty illustrations from original drawings by Charles Green, R. I. — Clement Shorter (1912)

Illustrations for Other Dickens Editions (1876, 1898)

Thomas Hardy's Wessex Folk (March-June 1891)

Other Works

Charles Green's Artistic Output: 1862-1898

Charles Green was a leading member of the group of book illustrators who were then collectively known as "The New Men of the Sixties." He was also a noted water-colourist who became a member of the Royal Institute in 1864 and a full member three years later, and the younger brother of illustrator H. Towneley Green (1836-99). By the time that Charles Green died at the age of fifty-eight in the artists' village of Hampstead, he had completed most of the lithographs for the Pears Centenary Edition of Dickens's The Christmas Books (1843-48), well ahead of the publication of the five-volume series in 1912. He seems to have died with the commission incomplete, leaving the volume The Cricket on the Hearth unattempted; the publisher subsequently enlisted a foreign illustrator, Luigi Rossi, to provide the final twenty-two lithographs for the centenary project.

Green had established himself as a commercial illustrator after his early training at Heatherley's. Green from the first proved himself a talented draughtsman, and worked alongside the lead artist, Whymper, at the illustrated London magazine Once a Week. Green's illustrations appeared in such other popular, large-circulation periodicals as Cassel's and The Graphic. He is now chiefly remembered as a Dickens illustrator, having completed full programs for The Old Curiosity Shop (1876: thirty-two wood-engravings), the Gadshill edition of Great Expectations (1898: ten lithographs), A Christmas Carol (1892: twenty-seven lithographs), The Battle of Life (1893: twenty-nine lithographs), The Chimes (1894: thirty lithographs), and The Haunted Man (1895: thirty lithographs). Largely forgotten are his illustrations for the Rev. John Cumming's Life and Lessons of Our Lord: Unfolded and Illustrated (1864), Isaac Watts' Divine and Moral Songs for Children, and Walter Thornbury's Historical and Legendary Ballads and Songs (1877), but still reproduced are such paintings in his "Scenes from Dickens" as Little Nell and Her Grandfather at the Races, Barnaby Rudge and the Rioters, and The Pickwick Club. During his stay in London during the 1870s, Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh expressed his admiration for the work of Charles Green above all other contemporary English illustrators. Christie's Auction House staged a final sale of the works of the Green brothers on 13 January 1900.

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Dickens, Charles. The Battle of Life. Illustrated by Charles Green, R. I. London: A & F Pears, 1912.

_____. The Chimes. Introduction by Clement Shorter. Illustrated by Charles Green. The Pears' Centenary Edition. London: A & F Pears, [?1912].

_____. A Christmas Carol. Illustrated by Charles Green, R. I. London: A & F Pears, 1912.

_____. Great Expectations. Illustrated by  Charles Green. Gadshill Edition. London: Chapman and Hall, 1897-1908. Note: All material is reproduced courtesy of The Charles Dickens Museum, 48 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LF.

_____. The Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas Time. Illustrated by Charles Green. London: A & F Pears, 1912.

_____. The Old Curiosity Shop. Illustrated by Charles Green. The Household Edition. London: Chapman and Hall, 1876. XII.

Hardy, Thomas. Wessex Folk (afterwards renamed A Few Crusted Characters) in Harper's New Monthly Magazine 81 (March-May 1891): 594, 701, 703, 891, 894; 82 (June 1891): 123.

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Last modified 14 June 2020