Storytime, Dickens Charles, Mr Pecksniff, Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, Kyd, Clarke Joseph Clayton, 1837-1839
Artist: Clarke, Joseph Clayton," Kyd"
Author: Dickens Charles
Novel: Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit
Paper Size: 185 x 253mm
Condition: very good
Description: Beautiful original chromolithograph
This print comes from a series of Character sketches from Charles Dickens novels, Portrayed by Kyd in a series of watercolour sketches.
Mr. Seth Pecksniff is a character in the Charles Dickens novel, The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. He is traditionally identified as an unctuous English Architect whose insincere behavior made the name Pecksniff synonymous with hypocrisy
Perhaps there was never a more moral man than Mr. Pecksniff, especially in his conversation and correspondence. Dickens description of him as an exemplary man who has an oily manner and presence. his black suit, state as a widower, and dangling double eyeglass all tended to the same purpose" Behold the moral Pecksniff"
The story's protagonist, Martin Chuzzlewit is an apprentice architect who is fired by Seth Pecksniff and is also disinherited by his eccentric, wealthy grandfather.
Martin and a servant Mark Tapley, travel to the United States where they are swindled by land speculators but have other unpleasant and sometimes comic experiences
Thoroughly disillusioned by the new world the pair return to England where a hastened Martin is reconciled with his wealthy grandfather who gives his approval to marry the love of his life.
[Kyd] Joseph Clayton Clarke (1856-1937)
Clarke worked under the pseudonym “Kyd”, he was a British artist best known for his illustrations of characters from the novels of Charles Dickens.
Born in Onchan on the Isle of Man, the son of Lauris and Eliza Clark, Clarke had many occupations during his lifetime, including designer of cigarette cards and postcards, and as a fore-edge painter principally specializing in characters from the works of Charles Dickens. He worked for Punch for only one day and then as a freelance artist until 1900.”As a character ‘Kyd’ emulated those of Dickens and his own illustrations – slightly larger than life. In his style and dress he was mildly flamboyant for the period. He seldom varied his attire from a grey suit, spats, homburg hat, gloves and was never without a carnation or substitute flower in his button hole.”
Around 1892, Clarke moved with his family to Chichester in West Sussex.
Print comes from Character sketches from Charles Dickens, Portrayed by Kyd in a series of watercolour sketches.
Joseph Clayton Clarke (1856-7 - 1937)
Clarke worked under the pseudonym "Kyd." he was a British artist best known for his illustrations of characters of the Charles Dickens Novels.
He was born in Peel on the Isle of Man. in 1889, he married Agnes Roberts and they had 9 children. He was also a designer of cigarette cards and postcards