Bardell V Pickering by Cecil Aldin


Bardell V Pickering


Cecil Aldin

Ref GM671
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 16" x 12" (40 x 30 cm)
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This is a charming illustration by one of the early twentieth century’s best-loved artists. Bardell V Pickering is an illustration from the 1910 edition of Charles Dickens' first novel The Pickwick Papers. It was written for publication as a serial, The Pickwick Papers is a sequence of loosely-related adventures. The illustration depicts Mr Pickwick's attempts to defend a lawsuit brought by his landlady, Mrs Bardell, who (through an apparent misunderstanding on her part) is suing him for the breach of promise to marry her. This story results in Mr Pickwick's incarceration at Fleet prison for his stubborn refusal to pay the compensation to her because he doesn't want to give a penny to Mrs Bardell's lawyers, the unscrupulous firm of Dodson and Fogg. The general humorous tone is here briefly replaced by biting social satire (including against the legal establishment) and foreshadows major themes in Dickens' later books. Its main literary value and appeal is formed by its numerous memorable characters. Each character illustrated in The Pickwick Papers, by Aldin is drawn comically, often with exaggerated personalities which complements Dickens’ writing style.