Ron Embleton (biography)Medium:
Pencil on PaperSize:
12" x 16" (300mm x 410mm)This is the original Pencil drawing by Ron Embleton.
Mr and Madame Mantalini: milliners and Kate Nickleby's employers. Alfred Muntle (he changed his name to Mantalini for business purposes) is a handsome man with a large bushy black moustache who lives off his wife's business. He is not above stealing from his wife and dramatically threatens to kill himself whenever he does not get his way.
Madame Mantalini is much older than her husband and equally prone to dramatics. She eventually gets wise and divorces him, but not until he has ruined her with extravagant spending and she is forced to sell the business to Miss Knag.
Mantalini is seen again at the end of the book living in much reduced circumstances, romantically tied to a washerwoman, but still up to his old tricks.