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Exemplars of bookish delight

Category: Illustrations

Flowery verse

Happy May Day, my friends!

I’ll be spending the day delivering flowers and playing the dirt . . .

Speaking of which, Walter Crane illustrated a delightful Tale about flowers gallivanting about as humans. Here’s a peek at their Shenanigans . . .


You can read A Floral Fantasy, from start to finish, in all its glory, on Project Gutenberg.

The Pickwick Papers

It was on this day, in 1836, that Boz published the first installment of The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. In other words, it was on this day, in 1836, that readers were introduced to the characters of Charles Dicken’s The Pickwick Papers.

You see, a twenty-four year old Dickens–then writing under the nom de plume ‘Boz’–had been asked to write a story of sorts that would connect a series of illustration plates depicting the misadventures of members of the fictional ‘Pickwick Club.’  Dickens wrote to the plates here and there; but mostly, he paid them no mind, instead penning shenanigans all his own.

Luckily, his character sketches have continued to inspire artists . . .

MrStigginsMr. Stiggins, Joseph Clayton Clarke
twowellersThe Two Wellers, Barnard Frederick
A Stranger in the Bedroom, from 'The Pickwick Papers', 1962 (gouache on paper)A Stranger in the Bedroom, English School
The Election Parade at Eatanswill, from 'The Pickwick Papers'The Election Parade at Eatanswill, Albert Ludovici, Jr.
MrPickwick2Mr. Pickwick, Peter Jackson

This, of course, is but a sampling. You don’t have to look too hard to find others–you can even buy prints all your own. Here’s a good place to start. And no, this is not a sponsored post. We’re just suckers for fun illustration . . .