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Charles Dickens (Ron Embleton)
Little Dorrit (Original)

Little Dorrit (Original) by Charles Dickens (Ron Embleton) at The Illustration Art Gallery

Ref: RE0534 (Click for LARGE picture)

Artist: Ron Embleton (biography)
Medium: Pencil on Paper
Size: 11" x 16" (270mm x 400mm)

This is the original Pencil drawing by Ron Embleton.

Poignant book illustration for the novel Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, originally published in serial form between 1855 and 1857.

The story features Amy Dorrit, youngest child of her family, born and raised in the Marshalsea prison for debtors in London. Arthur Clennam encounters her after returning home from a 20-year absence, ready to begin his life anew.

The novel satirises the shortcomings of both government and society, including the institution of debtors' prisons, where debtors were imprisoned, unable to work, until they repaid their debts. The prison in this case is the Marshalsea, where Dickens's own father had been imprisoned.

Dickens is also critical of the lack of a social safety net, the treatment and safety of industrial workers, as well the bureaucracy of the British Treasury, in the form of his fictional "Circumlocution Office". In addition he satirises the stratification of society that results from the British class system.

This original painting is from the Ron Embleton family collection. Professionally matted ready for framing.


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Charles Dickens (Ron Embleton)

Charles Dickens (Ron Embleton)