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Storytime, Dickens Charles, Mrs Bardell, Pickwick Papers, Kyd, Clarke Joseph Clayton, 1837 -1839

Storytime, Dickens Charles, Mrs Bardell, Pickwick Papers, Kyd, Clarke Joseph Clayton, 1837 -1839

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Date: 1837-1839

Artist: Clarke, Joseph Clayton

Author: Dickens Charles

Novel: The Pickwick Papers

Paper Size: 185 x 253

Condition: very good

Price: $80

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.

Mrs. Bardell

Mrs. Martha Bardell is a widow, "the relict and sole executrix of a deceased custom-house officer ... a comely woman of bustling manners and agreeable appearance, with a natural genius for cooking, improved by study and long practice, into an exquisite talent."[4] With her young son she lives in Goswell Street in London where she provides lodgings for two lodgers including retired businessman Mr. Pickwick, the latter taking two rooms at the front of the house.[5] Mrs. Bardell develops an affection for Pickwick and regards him as a potential marriage partner. Having no servant, the hardworking landlady Mrs. Bardell looked after the needs of her young son Tommy Bardell and those of her two lodgers single-handedly.  Her Counsel, Mr. Serjeant Buzfuz, later described the services she provided for Pickwick: "She waited on him, attended to his comforts, cooked his meals, looked out his linen for the washer-woman when it went abroad, darned, aired, and prepared it for his wear when it came home, and, in short, enjoyed his fullest trust and confidence."[2]
Print comes from Character sketches from Charles Dickens,
Portrayed by Kyd in a series of watercolour sketches.


[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 buttonhole.”

 Around 1892, Clarke moved with his family to Chichester in West Sussex.



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