[Lizzie Hexam looking into the flames]

James Mahoney


Wood engraving by the Dalziels

7.2 cm high by 5.6 cm wide

Mahoney's second Illustration for Dickens's Our Mutual Friend

The image of Lizzie Hexam, sitting before the brazier in her Limehouse hovel, has an almost hypnotic effect on the dissolute young attorney Eugene Wrayburn. By choosing this image of the nobility possible within the working classes for the title-page vignette, Mahoney focuses our attention on the novel's secondary plot. [Continued below]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham

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