Watercolor with traces of graphite
Support: Sturdy-weight, blued-white, moderately textured, wove paper
Sheet: 25.4 x 17.6 cm (10 x 6 15/16 in.)
Gift in memory of Helen Borowitz 2013.238
This drawing was never published as an illustration, but the character of Barnaby appeared in Charles Green's design for a title page for an edition of Dickens's collected works.
Charles Green was one of the most successful black-and-white illustrators in Victorian England, known especially for his images related to the novels of Charles Dickens. The subject of this drawing relates to the writer's historical novel Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of 'Eighty, based on the Gordon Riots. Here, Green depicted participants in an anti-Catholic protest against the Papists' Act of 1778, the most violent outpouring of religious hatred in 18th-century Britain.
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