This is a plate from the
original edition of Bleak House, with this part of the series published
September 1852. The main figure, on the right, is Mr Guppy, a young
swell who thinks too much of himself. His part in the book was to be a
student of law and a rejected suitor to the book's heroine.
Illustrations of Dickens' books have some exaggerated features to get
the characters across but do not stray too far from what was being worn
at the time. Drawing by Hablot Knight Browne.