David and Little Em'ly

Harold Copping


Colour lithography

Approximately 7 x 5 inches (18 x 12.6 cm)

From Character Sketches from Dickens, facing p. 90.

The scene chosen to exemplify the happier aspects of the protagonist's childhood, "David and Little Em'ly," occurs on the Yarmouth sands when David goes to stay with Daniel Peggotty, whose family lives in a "kind of superannuated boat, . . . high and dry on the ground," which Phiz depicted as an upside down, even though the text does not so specify. Copping chose to be guided by the letterpress rather than by the original Phiz illustration. The moment realized occurs in instalment one (chapter 3, "I Have a Change"), May 1849.

Scanned image, caption, and commentary below by Philip V. Allingham

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