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"PHIZ"

(H. K. BROWNE)

A Memoir.

From PUNCH, July 22nd, 1882.

"Phiz."

HABLOT K. BROWNE, ARTIST. BORN, 1815. DIED, JULY, 1882.

The Lamp is out that lighted up the text Of DICKENS, LEVER heroes of the pen. Pickwick and Lorrequer we love, but next We place the man who made us see such men. What should we know of Martin Chuzzlewit , Stern Mr. Dombey , or Uriah Heep ? Tom Burke of Ours? Around our hearths they sit, Outliving their creators all asleep!

No sweeter gift ere fell to man than his Who gave us troops of friends delightful PHIZ!

He is not dead! There in the picture book He lives with men and women that he drew; We take him with us to the cozy nook Where old companions we can love anew. Dear boyhood's friend! We rode with him to hounds; Lived with dear Peggotty in after years; Missed in old Ireland where fun knew no bounds; At Dora's death we felt poor David's tears!

There is no death for such a man he is The spirit of an unclosed book! immortal PHIZ!

[Illustration]

"PHIZ"

(HABLOT KNIGHT BROWNE)

A Memoir.

INCLUDING

A Selection from his Correspondence and Notes on his Principal Works.

BY

FRED. G. KITTON.

WITH A PORTRAIT, AND NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIONS.

LONDON: W. SATCHELL & CO., 19, TAVISTOCK STREET COVENT GARDEN.

MDCCCLXXXII.

LONDON: G. NORMAN AND SON, PRINTERS, HART STREET, COVENT GARDEN.

PREFACE.

Taking into consideration the ability of the Artist whose name has become identified with the works of DICKENS, of LEVER, and of AINSWORTH; and who has contributed in the course of the present century more largely (perhaps with the single exception of CRUIKSHANK) to the embellishment of popular books than any other known illustrator; it would seem an inexcusable omission, almost amounting to neglect, if the life and labours of the late HABLOT KNIGHT BROWNE met with no more worthy recognition than the fleeting comments of the daily press.

Such, at least, is my opinion; and as a humble tribute to the memory of an able and industrious draughtsman, and fertile designer, I place on record the more generally interesting particulars of an honourable and exemplary career.

To Mr. W. G. BROWNE and Dr. EDGAR BROWNE, sons of the deceased artist, my best thanks are due for a kindly interest in my work, manifested more especially by the loan of many interesting letters dashed off on various occasions by "Phiz" in the wildest spirit of fun; and a willing consent to their appearance in print.

I have also to acknowledge the courtesy of Messrs. H. SOTHERAN & CO., for permission to copy for publication a few letters written by "Phiz" to CHARLES DICKENS, which are now published for the first time. For the Portrait (copied from a photograph, perhaps the best of the very few now in existence) I am indebted to the Proprietors of The Graphic .

And lastly, the Author desires to associate with this brochure the name of his friend, Mr. GEORGE REDWAY, who has rendered much valuable assistance in bringing it before the public.

FRED. G. KITTON.

25, PAULTONS SQUARE, CHELSEA, S.W.

August, 1882 .

LIST OF PLATES.

Portrait of "Phiz" (H. K. Browne) FRONTISPIECE

The Departure To face page 8

Artist's "Fancies for Mr. Dombey" " 11

Sam Weller and his Father " 14

Tail piece to Barnaby Rudge " 16

Dick Swiveller and the Lodger " 20

Death of Quilp " 26

The Rioters " 30

NOTE. With the exception of the Portrait, and the "Dombey fancies," the above engravings are printed from electro types of the original blocks, which were first published in Master Humphrey's Clock (1840 1).

"PHIZ" (H. K. BROWNE) A MEMOIR.

"Fizz, Whizz, or something of that sort," humorous TOM HOOD would say, when trying to recall the pseudonym that has since become so familiar by means of the innumerable works of art to which it was appended... Continue reading book >>




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