Little Em'ly

"Little Em'ly," the frontispiece for the volume by Sol Eytinge, Jr. 1867. 7.5 cm high by 9.8 cm wide. The first full-page illustration for the Diamond Edition of Dickens's The Personal History of David Copperfield (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1867), facing title-page. 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.]

As in the first movement of the story, the orphan, Em'ly, who is being brought up by her aunt and uncle, Clara and Daniel Peggotty, in a boathouse on the Yarmouth Denes, is depicted playing by the surf, her home — an unusual inverted boathouse — appearing in sharp aerial perspective in the background :

Almost as soon as it shone upon the oyster-shell frame of my mirror I was out of bed, and out with little Em'ly, picking up stones upon the beach. [Ch. 3, "I Have a Change"]


Dickens, Charles. The Personal History of David Copperfield, il. Sol Eytinge, Junior. The Diamond Edition. Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1867.

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