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Details about  "Mr Bumble The Beadle" (Dicken's Oliver Twist) by "KYD" Joseph C. Clarke 11"x14"

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"Mr Bumble The Beadle" (Dicken's Oliver Twist) by "KYD" Joseph C. Clarke 11"x14"
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Good clean condition. Attractively double mounted (Ivory over sand beige)ready for framing.

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Lowestoft, Suffolk, United Kingdom

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261557610236
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Item specifics

Seller notes: Good clean condition. Attractively double mounted (Ivory over sand beige)ready for framing.
Signed?:

Signed

Subject:

People & Portraits

Type:

Antique

Style:

Cartoon/caricature

Medium:

Lithograph

A High Quality Lithograph

of

"Mr Bumble the Beadle"

(Dickens' Oliver Twist)

Lithographed from an original painting by Joseph Clayton Clarke ("KYD")

Produced by Raphael Tuck & Sons, London, Paris & New York

Circa 1930

This item comprises the portrait as described above in good condition.

This is a genuine vintage item being over 80 years old - NOT a modern reproduction.

  FORMAT

Overall Size:- 11" x 14" approx, including the mount.

Image Size:- 6" x 9" approx 

About the Subject....

Oliver Twist was born into a life of poverty and misfortune in a workhouse in an unnamed town (although when originally published in Bentley's Miscellany in 1837 the town was called Mudfog and said to be within 70 miles north of London – in reality this is the location of the town of Northampton). 

Orphaned almost from his first breath by his mother's death in childbirth and his father's unexplained absence, Oliver is meagerly provided for under the terms of the Poor Law, and spends the first nine years of his life at a baby farm in the 'care' of a woman named Mrs. Mann. Oliver is brought up with little food and few comforts. Around the time of Oliver's ninth birthday, Mr. Bumble, the parish beadle, removes Oliver from the baby farm and puts him to work picking and weaving oakum at the main workhouse. 

Oliver, who toils with very little food, remains in the workhouse for six months. One day, the desperately hungry boys decide to draw lots; the loser must ask for another portion of gruel. The task falls to Oliver, who at the next meal tremblingly comes up forward, bowl in hand, and begs Mr. Bumble for gruel with his famous request: 

"Please, sir, I want some more".

A great uproar ensues. The board of well-fed gentlemen who administer the workhouse hypocritically offer five pounds to any person wishing to take on the boy as an apprentice. A brutal chimney sweep almost claims Oliver. However, when he begs despairingly not to be sent away with "that dreadful man", a kindly old magistrate refuses to sign the indentures. Later, Mr. Sowerberry, an undertaker employed by the parish, takes Oliver into his service. 

He treats Oliver better, and because of the boy's sorrowful countenance, uses him as a mourner at children's funerals. 

However, Mr. Sowerberry is in an unhappy marriage, and his wife takes an immediate dislike to Oliver – primarily because her husband seems to like him – and loses few opportunities to underfeed and mistreat him. He also suffers torment at the hands of Noah Claypole, an oafish but bullying fellow apprentice and "charity boy" who is jealous of Oliver's promotion to mute, and Charlotte, the Sowerberrys' maidservant, who is in love with Noah.

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About the artist....

Joseph Clayton Clarke (1856 – 1937), who worked under the pseudonym 'Kyd', was a British artist best known for his illustrations of the characters from the novels of Charles Dickens.
 
Clarke had many occupations during his lifetime, including designer of cigarette cards, postcards and as a fore-edge painter principally specializing in characters from the works of Charles Dickens. He worked for Punch for only one day and then as a freelance artist until 1900.
 
Clarke's Dickens illustrations first appeared in 1887 in Fleet Street Magazine, with two published collections appearing shortly after as The Characters of Charles Dickens (1889) and Some Well Known Characters from the Works of Charles Dickens (1892). Early in the twentieth century five sets of postcards based on his Dickens drawings were published, as well as seven sets of non-Dickensian comic cards.
 
From the 1920s Clarke earned his living from watercolor sketches, mainly of Dickens' characters, which he sold to and through the London book trade.

Frederic G. Kitton referred to Clarke in his book Dickens and His Illustrators (1890), by which time Clarke's watercolors were already being bought by major Dickens collectors. The auction of the Dickens collection of F W Cosens FSA of Clapham Park, held at Christie's on 17 May 1890, sold a collection of 241 of Clarke's Dickens watercolors, and Tom Wilson, at the time the foremost collector of Dickens, owned 331 of Clarke's drawings.

"As a character 'Kyd' emulated those of Dickens and his own illustrations - slightly larger than life. In his style and dress he was mildly flamboyant for the period. He seldom varied his attire from a grey suit, spats, homburg hat, gloves and was never without a carnation or substitute flower in his button hole."
 
In 1910 the British Museum acquired a collection of 598 drawings and paintings of Clarkes's Dickens illustrations, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, Charles Dickens Museum and the University of Texas at Austin each also have significant collections of Clarke's Dickens illustrations.
 
Clarke died in Hammersmith in London in 1937.

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