The Breaking-up Party at Dr. Blimber's. — Fred Barnard's sixteenth illustration for Dickens's Dombey and Son, Household Edition (1877), p. 104 (scene from chap. xiv). Wood engraving by the Dalziels, 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inches (10.8 cm high by 13.8 cm wide), framed. Running head: "Paul Breaks Up," 105. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]

The social aspect of Blimber's Brighton Academy

All the young gentlemen, tightly cravatted, curled, and pumped, and with their best hats in their hands, having been at different times announced and introduced, Mr. Baps, the dancing-master, came, accompanied by Mrs. Baps, to whom Mrs. Blimber was extremely kind and condescending. Mr. Baps was a very grave gentleman, with a slow and measured manner of speaking; and before he had stood under the lamp five minutes, he began to talk to Toots (who had been silently comparing pumps with him) about what you were to do with your raw materials when they came into your ports in return for your drain of gold. Mr Toots, to whom the question seemed perplexing, suggested "Cook ‘em." But Mr. Baps did not appear to think that would do. [Chapter 14, "Paul grows more and more Old-fashioned, and goes Home for the Holidays," 100]

Phiz's and Eytinge's School Plates for Dombey and Son

Left: Phiz's January 1847 illustration for the twelfth chapter, Doctor Blimber's Young Gentlemen as they appeared when Enjoying Themselves. Right: Sol Eytinge, Junior's family grouping of the Blimbers, The Blimbers and Mr. Feeder (1867).

Parallel Illustrations from the Household and Charles Dickens Library Editions


Left: Phiz's other study of Dr. Blimber's Academy, Paul goes Home for the Holidays (February 1847). Right: Harry Furniss's version of Dr. Blimber's reception: Florence singing at Dr. Blimber's (1910).

Related Material including Other Illustrated Editions of Dombey and Son

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Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son. Illustrated by Phiz. (Hablot K. Browne). London: Chapman and Hall, 1848.

_______. Dombey and Son. Illustrated by Hablot Knight Browne (Phiz). 8 coloured plates. London and Edinburgh: Caxton and Ballantyne, Hanson, 1910.

_______. Dombey and Son. Illustrated by Fred Barnard [62 composite wood-block engravings]. The Works of Charles Dickens. The Household Edition. 22 vols. London: Chapman and Hall, 1877. XV.

"Dombey and Son — Sixty-two Illustrations by Fred Barnard." Scenes and Characters from the Works of Charles Dickens, Being Eight Hundred and Sixty-six Drawings by Fred Barnard, Gordon Thomson, Hablot Knight Browne (Phiz), J. McL. Ralston, J. Mahoney, H. French, Charles Green, E. G. Dalziel, A. B. Frost, F. A. Fraser, and Sir Luke Fildes. London: Chapman and Hall, 1907.

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