Storytime, Dickens Charles, The Artful Dodger, Oliver Twist, Kyd, Clarke Joseph Clayton, 1837-839
Artist: Clarke, Joseph Clayton," Kyd"
Author: Dickens Charles
Novel: Oliver Twist
Paper Size: 185 x 253
Condition: very good
Description: Beautiful original chromolithograph
The Artful Dodger
Jack Dawkins is a character in the Charles Dickens novel, Oliver Twist.
He is traditionally identified as a pickpocket, so-called for his skill and cunning in that occupation. his mind is cunning, his fingers are sly and he is quick on his feet making an "art" out of thieving on the crowded London streets
He is the leader of the gang of child criminals trained by the elderly Faigin
Oliver Twist or The Parish Boy's Progress is Charles Dickens's second novel. The story centres on the orphan Oliver Twist born in a workhouse and sold into an apprenticeship with an undertaker.
Clarke, Joseph Clayton,
[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