Charles Dickens, Codlin, Old Curiosity Shop - Early 20th-century watercolour

An original early 20th-century watercolour painting, Charles Dickens, Codlin, Old Curiosity Shop.

A characterful drawing of Codlin from Charles Dickens’s 1840 novel The Old Curiosity Shop. Thomas Codlin is proprietor of a travelling Punch and Judy show. Watercolour with pen and ink.

Age toning as shown, and pin holes towards the edges of the paper.
14.8cm x 5.6cm.

This painting forms part of a collection of original artwork for publication, dating from the 1920s/30s. The collection includes many original vignette drawings of characters from the novels of Charles Dickens after Kyd (Joseph Clayton Clarke), produced for publication on cigarette cards.

These drawings capture the memorable characters created by Charles Dickens, whose physical appearances embody their larger-than-life personalities. Novels include Oliver Twist, Bleak House, A Christmas Carol, The Pickwick Papers, The Old Curiosity Shop, The Pickwick Papers, David Copperfield, Our Mutual Friend and Dombey & Son.

Cigarette cards were extremely popular and collectable in their day, issued around the world in their millions, until production stopped abruptly in 1939 when the outbreak of war meant shortages of board and paper. The format of the cigarette packet dictated the size and proportions of the illustration.

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Product code: JC-877

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