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Vintage English Black Transfeware Octagon Shaped Plate Charles Dickens Mr Pickwick addresses the Club

$34.99

Brand Adams

From the classic by Charles Dickens, this octagon shaped ironstone transferware plate by Adams is in black depicting the scene, and titled as such on back, "Mr Pickwick addresses the Club" It has a unique border of stylized fish with tails that flare out into scrolls and are upon either side of an urn. I will be listing several plates from this series!

What a study for an artist did that exciting scene present! The eloquent Pickwick, with one hand gracefully concealed behind his coat tails, and the other waving in air to assist his glowing declamation; his elevated position revealing those tights and gaiters, which, had they clothed an ordinary man, might have passed without observation, but which, when Pickwick clothed them — if we may use the expression — inspired involuntary awe and respect; surrounded by the men who had volunteered to share the perils of his travels, and who were destined to participate in the glories of his discoveries. On his right sat Mr. Tracy Tupman — the too susceptible Tupman, who to the wisdom and experience of maturer years superadded the enthusiasm and ardour of a boy in the most interesting and pardonable of human weaknesses — love. Time and feeding had expanded that once romantic form; the black silk waistcoat had become more and more developed; inch by inch had the gold watch-chain beneath it disappeared from within the range of Tupman's vision; and gradually had the capacious chin encroached upon the borders of the white cravat: but the soul of Tupman had known no change — admiration of the fair sex was still its ruling passion. On the left of his great leader sat the poetic Snodgrass, and near him again the sporting Winkle; the former poetically enveloped in a mysterious blue cloak with a canine-skin collar, and the latter communicating additional lustre to a new green shooting-coat, plaid neckerchief, and closely-fitted drabs. [chapter 1, p. 2 in the Boston ed.]


Measures: 8.25"
Condition": Excellent, no chips or cracks and little crazing.
Marked as shown on back

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