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Frederic G. Kitton (1899)

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Dickens and Phiz

Michael Steig (1978)


Bleak House
Bleak House (2005) DVD
Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson
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Bleak House Illustrations

Hablot Browne (Phiz) provided all 40 illustrations, etched on steel, for Bleak House published in monthly parts Mar 1852 - Sep 1853.

In order to help set the dark mood of the novel Browne incorporated a technique called 'dark plate' on ten of the illustrations. The dark plate technique involved using a ruling-machine (operated by an assistant) which cut a close-spaced criss-cross pattern of lines into the plate, thus creating an overall dark cast on the resulting print.

The illustration depicting Toms-all-Alone's, the slum that is home to the crossing-sweeper, Jo, is perhaps the most striking example of the dark plate technique.

Bleak House and Little Dorrit: Iconography of Darkness - From Dickens and Phiz by Michael Steig

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The little old Lady

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Miss Jellyby

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The Lord Chancellor copies from memory

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Coavinses

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The visit to the Brickmaker's

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In Re Guppy. Extraordinary proceedings

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Mr. Guppy's desolation

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The family portraits at Mr Bayham Badger's

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The Dancing School

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Consecrated ground

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Caddy's flowers

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The little church in the park

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Mr Guppy's entertainment

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The Smallweed family

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A model of parental deportment

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Mr Chadband 'improving' a tough subject

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Visitors at the Shooting Gallery

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The Young Man of the name of Guppy

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Nurse and Patient

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The appointed time

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The old man of the name of Tulkinghorn

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Mr Smallweed breaks the pipe of peace

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Lady Dedlock in the Wood

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The Ghost's Walk

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Attorney and Client, fortitude and impatience

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Sunset in the long Drawing-room at Chesney Wold

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Sir Leicester Dedlock

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Tom-all-Alone's

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A new meaning in the Roman

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Friendly behaviour of Mr Bucket

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Light

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Shadow

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Mrs Bagnet returns from her expedition

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The lonely figure

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The Night

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The Morning

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Magnanimous conduct of Mr Guppy

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The Mausoleum at Chesney Wold

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Frontispiece

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Title Page