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The Patriotic Conference, illustration from Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

The Patriotic Conference, illustration from Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens


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The Patriotic Conference, illustration from Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

KW259273 The Patriotic Conference, illustration from Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens (1812-70) first published 1857 (litho) by Browne, Hablot Knight (Phiz) (1815-92); Private Collection; (add.info.: Merdle and Lord Decimus Barnacle; ); Ken Welsh; English, out of copyright

Media ID 12775227

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Dickensian Financiers Noblemen Top Hat Wealthy Nobles


The Patriotic Conference - A Glimpse into Dickensian Society

EDITORS COMMENTS
. In this lithograph print, we are transported back in time to the pages of Charles Dickens' beloved novel, Little Dorrit. The illustration, skillfully created by Browne, Hablot Knight (Phiz), offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of wealthy financiers and nobles during the Victorian era. The scene depicts a grand gathering known as "The Patriotic Conference" where influential figures such as Merdle and Lord Decimus Barnacle have assembled. Seated around an opulent table adorned with exquisite decorations, these men exude power and privilege. Their distinguished attire, complete with top hats and fine garments, further emphasizes their elevated status within society. Through this image, we witness the stark contrast between those who hold immense wealth and influence and the rest of society struggling beneath them. It serves as a reminder of Dickens' keen ability to expose social inequalities prevalent during his time. As we delve deeper into this print's details, it becomes evident that Phiz has masterfully captured not only the physical appearance but also the essence of each character present at this conference. With meticulous attention to detail, he brings forth their personalities through subtle facial expressions and body language. This remarkable piece invites us to reflect on our own society's dynamics while marveling at Phiz's artistic prowess in immortalizing Dickens' vivid imagination.

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