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Dickens' Mr Turveydrop


This is a plate from the original edition of Bleak House, with this part of the series published October 1852. The main figure, on the right, is Mr Turveydrop, a man who shows himself in fashionable places while his family works hard to bring in money to help him put on airs. We of the 21st century have a word for this: "poser." He is modeled after King George and some known posers of that year. The young lady on the left is his daughter in law and a good friend of 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.