Old Orlick

Sol Eytinge

Wood engraving, approximately 10 cm high by 7.5 cm wide (framed)

Fourth illustration for Dickens's Great Expectations in A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations in the Ticknor & Fields (Boston, 1867) Diamond Edition.

Although Harper's illustrator John McLenan provided an instance of Orlick's hectoring meanness and intimidation in "'Hulloa!' he growled; 'Where are you two going?'" (2 February 1861), the western desperado depiction of the surly metal-worker proved of little use to Eytinge since it so radically deviated from Dickens's description of Dolge Orlick as the wrestling match between Joe and Orlick erupts in the forge — one of the scenes which young Marcus Stone selected for illustration in the 1862 Library Edition: "Old Orlick among the Cinders" (later in Chapter 15). Although the English illustrator conveys Orlick's titanic strength and Herculean immensity, he does not suggest as Eytinge does the journeyman's malice and smouldering resentment.

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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