Wednesday, February 16, 2011
This is the first 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).
Samuel Pickwick himself is only mentioned very briefly in the chapter, at the beginning. It is the day before Valentine's, an unhappy day for poor Mister P who is being taken to court by Mrs Bardell, which is why I have shown him in a state of heightened agitation, 'a most extreme state of excitement'.