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Darvill's Rare Prints is pleased to offer a huge selection of original H.K. Browne ("Phiz") prints from various Charles Dickens publications.

The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit (serialized 1843-1844) is a novel by Charles Dickens, considered the last of his picaresque novels. Dickens himself proclaimed Martin Chuzzlewit to be his best work, but it was one of his least popular novels. Like nearly all of Dickens' novels, Martin Chuzzlewit was released to the public in monthly installments. Early sales of the monthly parts were disappointing, compared to previous works, so Dickens changed the plot to send the title character to America. This allowed the author to satirically portray America, which he had recently visited, as a near wilderness, whose pockets of civilization were filled with deceptive and self-promoting hucksters.

The main theme of the novel, according to a Preface by Dickens, is selfishness, portrayed in a satirical fashion using all the members of the Chuzzlewit family. The novel is also notable for two of Dickens' great villains, Seth Pecksniff and Jonas Chuzzlewit. It is dedicated to Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts, a friend of Dickens.

[source: wikipedia]

These are original prints over 160 years old, not reproductions.
Page size is approximately 5 3/8 x 8 1/4 inches.
There may be some damp staining or foxing on the prints due to their age,
so please have a look at the provided enlargements
by clicking on the thumbnails below.

We have many more prints by Phiz...
please see the Satire/Humor page by clicking here.

H.K. Browne, also known as Phiz

 

Background:

Dickens worked in close collaboration with his illustrators, supplying them with an overall summary of the work at the outset for the cover illustration which was printed on heavy colored stock, usually green, which served as a wrapper for each of the monthly parts. Dickens briefed the illustrator on plans for each month's installment so that work on the two illustrations could begin before he wrote them.

This close working relationship with his illustrators is important to readers of Dickens today. The illustrations give us a glimpse of the characters as Dickens described them to the illustrator and approved when the drawing was finished. Film makers still use the illustrations as a basis for characterization, costume, and set design in the dramatization of Dickens' works.

 

When Robert Seymour committed suicide after the second installment of Pickwick the author and his publishers needed a new illustrator. Artists such as John Leech, William Makepeace Thackeray, and Robert W. Buss were considered but the man selected was Hablot Knight Browne who had done some work for Chapman and Hall earlier and had worked with Dickens on a recent pamphlet.

Browne and Dickens developed an excellent working relationship and Browne took the nickname Phiz to complement Dickens' Boz. Browne would go on to illustrate Dickens' work for 23 years, ten of Dicken's novels were illustrated by Phiz. Browne's comic/satiric style of illustration did not fit well with Dickens' later, more serious, novels and after the somewhat disappointing illustrations for A Tale of Two Cities, he never worked for Dickens again.

Phiz and Emblematic Detail
In the background of many of the Phiz illustrations of Dickens' novels the illustrator introduces details that help to interpret what is happening in the story. Some of these emblematic details are rather obvious and some are more subtle. Michael Steig, in his book Dickens and Phiz, argues effectively that, although Dickens gave detailed instructions as to the content of the illustrations, many of the emblematic details in the illustrations were added by Phiz on his own.

An excellent source of information about Dickens illustrators (including the above) can be found here.

 


Meekness of Mr. Pecksniff and his charming daughters

Meekness of Mr. Pecksniff, and his charming daughters

$25

 


Martin Chuzzlewit suspects his landlady, without any reason

Martin Chuzzlewit suspects his landlady, without any reason

$20
(some foxing)

 


Pleasant little family party at Mr. Pecksniff's

Pleasant little family party
at Mr. Pecksniff's

$25

 


Pinch starts homeward with his new pupil

Pinch starts homeward
with his new pupil

$25

 


Mr. Pinch and the new pupil on a social occasion

Mr. Pinch and the new pupil
on a social occasion

$25

 


Mr. Jonas Chuzzlewit entertains his cousins

Mr. Jonas Chuzzlewit
entertains his cousins

$25

 


Mr. Pecksniff renounces the deceiver

Mr. Pecksniff renounces the deceiver

$20
(light foxing)

 


Martin meets an acquaintance at the house of a mutual relation

Martin meets an acquaintance at the house of a mutual relation

$20
(light foxing)

 


Mr. Tapley acts Third Party with great discretion

Mr. Tapley acts Third Party
with great discretion

 


Mr. Tapley succeeds in finding a 'jolly' subject for contemplation

Mr. Tapley succeeds in finding a 'jolly' subject for contemplation

$25

 


The thriving City of Eden, as it appeared on paper

The thriving City of Eden,
as it appeared on paper



The thriving City of Eden, as it appeared in fact

The thriving City of Eden,
as it appeared in fact

$25
(mild foxing)

 


Balm for the wounded orphan

Balm for the wounded orphan

$25

 


Mrs. Gamp has her eye on the future

Mrs. Gamp has her eye on the future

$25
(mild foxing)

 


Mr. Moddle is both particular and peculiar in his attentions

Mr. Moddle is both particular and peculiar in his attentions


(mild foxing)

sold

 


Mr. Tapley is recognized by some fellow-citizens of Eden

Mr. Tapley is recognized by some fellow-citizens of Eden

$25

 


Martin is gratified by an imposing ceremony

Martin is gratified
by an imposing ceremony

$25

 


Mr. Pinch departs to seek his fortune

Mr. Pinch departs
to seek his fortune

$25

 


Mr. Nadgett breathes, as usual, an atmosphere of mystery

Mr. Nadgett breathes, as usual,
an atmosphere of mystery

$25

 


Mr. Pinch and Ruth unconscious of a visitor

Mr. Pinch and Ruth
unconscious of a visitor

$25

 


Mysterious Installation of Mr. Pinch

Mysterious Installation of Mr. Pinch

$20
(light foxing)

 


Mr. Jonas exhibits his presence of mind

Mr. Jonas exhibits his presence of mind

$25

 


Mr. Pecksniff announces himself as the shield of Virtue

Mr. Pecksniff announces himself as the shield of Virtue

$25

 


Mr. Moddle is led to the contemplation of his destiny

Mr. Moddle is led to the
contemplation of his destiny

$25
(some foxing)

 


Mrs. Gamp makes tea

Mrs. Gamp makes tea

$25

 


Mr. Pinch is amazed by an unexpected apparition

Mr. Pinch is amazed
by an unexpected apparition

$20
(some foxing)

 


The Nuptials of Miss Pecksniff receive a temporary check

The Nuptials of Miss Pecksniff receive a temporary check

$20
(some foxing)

 
 
Many more Phiz Dickens prints on the Humor and Satire page