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Vignette [Mr. Dombey, a cold pillar, beside the imaginative Little Paul]. Dombey and Son, Household Edition, by Fred Barnard, facing the title-page. 1877. Wood engraving by the Dalziels, 3 x 2 inches (7.4 cm high by 5.5 cm wide), vignetted. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

Since Barnard uses the promenade at Brighton as the backdrop, the illustrator is anticipating scenes in Chapters 11 and 12, when Mr. Dombey places his six-year-old son and heir in Dr. Blimber's Academy (an "educational hothouse") for a classical education. However, the most memorable scene on that beach occurs in Chapter 8, when Paul asks his sister, Florence, what sea "keeps on saying" (56).

Portrait of Mr. Dombey and Little Paul from Three Editions (1867, 1900, and 1910)

Left: W. H. C. Groome's derivative study of Dombey and his son before the fire: "Papa, what's money?" (1900). Centre: Sol Eytinge, Junior's portrait of the aloof widower and his uncomfortable boy, Dombey and Son in Ch. I. Right: Harry Furniss's frontispiece for the Charles Dickens Library volume, Dombey and Son (1910).

Related Material including Other Illustrated Editions of Dombey and Son

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Dickens, Charles. 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.16 Illustrations by Sol Eytinge, Jr., and A. V. S. Anthony (engraver). The Diamond Edition. Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1867. III.

"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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