Sim Tappertit and Stagg
Wood engraving, approximately 10 cm high by 7.5 cm wide (framed)
Illustration for Dickens's Barnaby Rudge in the single volume Barnaby Rudge and Hard Times in the Ticknor & Fields (Boston, 1867) Diamond Edition.
In this third full-page character study for the first novel in the compact American publication, a diminutive, cocky, over-dressed quick-witted, rebellious apprentice (Simon Tappertit) contrasts the burly, uncouth rogue, Stagg. [Commentary continued below]
Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.
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