Vintage English Ironstone Black Transfeware Plate Charles Dickens Pickwick Papers Mr Pickwick Addresses the Club


Brand Adams

From the classic by Charles Dickens, this ironstone transferware plate by Adams is in black depicting the scene, and titled as such on back, of "Mr Pickwick addresses the Club". It has a unique, beautiful embossed border of vines and leaves. The scene has handpainted touches of red, blue, green and yellow. I will be listing several plates from this series!

The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (also known as The Pickwick Papers) is the first novel by Charles Dickens. He was asked to contribute to the project as an up-and-coming writer following the success of Sketches by Boz, published in 1836 (most of Dickens' novels were issued in shilling instalments before being published in the complete volume). Dickens (still writing under the pseudonym of Boz) increasingly took over the unsuccessful monthly publication after the original illustrator Robert Seymour had committed suicide.
With the introduction of Sam Weller in chapter 10, the book became the first real publishing phenomenon, with bootleg copies, theatrical performances, Sam Weller joke books, and other merchandise.
After the publication, the widow of Robert Seymour claimed that the idea for the novel was originally her husband's; however, in his preface to the 1867 edition, Dickens strenuously denied any specific input, writing that "Mr Seymour never originated or suggested an incident, a phrase, or a word, to be found in the book."

Reference: Wikipedia

Measures: 10.5"
Condition": Excellent, no chips or cracks and little crazing.
Marked as shown on back

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