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.