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The Pickwickians, commemorative handkerchief. Cream ground printed in scarlet, black and sepia. The central portrait is Charles Dickens who is surrounded by portraits of the fictional characters from the Pickwick Papers (1836-7); fairies and cherubs dance and play musical instruments among the scrolling leaves which frame Dickens' head; the border of the handkerchief has pen and ink stands in the centre of each side flanked by scrolls, roses and foliage and in each corner a gothic tracery arch with grotesque heads surrounds two goblins who pull back a curtain to show an arrangement of books one of which has Dickens' pen name 'Boz' on its spine. The design of this handkerchief is by or after Hablot Knight Browne ('Phiz') who illustrated the 1837 volume of The Pickwick Papers.
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