The twelfth full-page illustration for The Old Curiosity Shop, Dick Swiveller and The Marchioness, may allude to the headnote illustration in the first edition for Chapter 58, The Marchioness playing Cards. Sol Eytinge, Jr. 7.5 cm high by 10.1 cm wide, framed. The Diamond Edition of Dickens's Works, Volume XII (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1867), Ch. LVIII, facing 249.

Passage Illustrated: Dick pumps the Marchioness about the Brasses

Mr. Swiveller had been sitting for some time with his feet on the hob, in which attitude he now gave utterance to these apologetic observations, and slowly sipped the last choice drops of nectar.

"The Baron Sampsono Brasso and his fair sister are (you tell me) at the Play?": said Mr. Swiveller, leaning his left arm heavily upon the table, and raising his voice and his right leg after the manner of a theatrical bandit.

The Marchioness nodded.

"Ha!" said Mr Swiveller, with a portentous frown. "’Tis well. Marchioness! — but no matter. Some wine there. Ho!" He illustrated these melodramatic morsels by handing the tankard to himself with great humility, receiving it haughtily, drinking from it thirstily, and smacking his lips fiercely. [Chapter LVIII, 249]

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Dickens, Charles. The Old Curiosity Shop and Reprinted Pieces. 18 Illustrations by Sol Eytinge, Jr. The Diamond Edition. Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1867. XII.

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