Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Pickwick Papers: Tony Weller study
Pickwick Papers: Tony Weller
This is the third of a short series of images I created especially for fascinating daily blog Spitalfields Life, which had featured me (and my Oranges & Lemons print) in May last year.
I had mentioned to 'the Gentle Author' that half of one chapter of the Pickwick Papers was set in Brick Lane and so we conceived the idea of a collaboration of sorts - the GA would post an edited form of Chapter 32 and I would provide the illustrations (8 in toto).
This is a study for Sam Weller's father Tony, who drives the London-Ipswich coach. He is here listening to his son reading aloud the Valentine the younger Weller has written to his sweetheart Mary. Mister Weller the elder delivers some critical sentiments respecting literary composition, as you can see here!
Sam Weller greets his father at the Blue Boar, calling him 'my Prooshan Blue' - so that's the colour I've shown him! I have also depicted him 'with a countenance greatly mollified by the softening influence of tobacco'.