Dora. — Twenty-seventh Illustration by Fred Barnard for the 1872 Household Edition of David Copperfield (Chapter XXVI, "I Fall into Captivity," p. 185). David encounters Dora Spenlow as a vision of feminine beauty, an impression marred somewhat by her ill-dispositioned, diminutive dog, Jip (short for "Gypsy"). With a nice sense of symmetry, David initially encounters the two together when he spends a weekend at Mr. Spenlow's (Dora's widower-father being the managing partner of Jorkins and Spenlow, Doctors' Commons) and later loses both of them almost simultaneously in Ch. 53. Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]


Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield, with 61 illustrations by Fred Barnard. Household Edition. London: Chapman and Hall, 1872. Vol. 3.

The copy of the Household Edition from which this picture was scanned was the gift of George Gorniak, Editor of The Dickens Magazine, whose subject for the fifth series, beginning in January 2010, is this novel.

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