Harthouse Dines at the Bounderbys
Wood engraving by Joseph Swain
7 x 4¼ inches
Charles Dickens, Hard Times for These Times, originally serialized in Household Words, 1 April-12 August 1854 (unillustrated).
As the frontispiece of the Illustrated Library Edition Walker chose a scene which would reveal the story's domestic tensions as the disaffected aristocrat sets his sights romantically on the rational woman trapped in a loveless marriage for the sake of her scapegrace younger brother.
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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham
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