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Madeline House and Graham Storey (eds), The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 2: 1840–1841

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MS Mrs S. S. Clephan. Date: Presumably refers to the first drawing of Nell to appear in Master Humphrey—Cattermole's headpiece ("The Shop") to No. 4, which Landells engraved. Since on Mon 9 Mar CD gave Cattermole instructions, with some urgency, for his illustration to No. 3, this was probably written on the Friday of the following week (20th). On 25 Mar CD gave Chapman instructions for the second illustration to No. 4.

Devonshire Terrace | Friday Morning

My Dear Sir.

I sent the drawing back to Mr. Chapman, for I was more than doubtful of the child's face, and the subject is one of the last importance to the work.

I presume he has taken it back to Mr. Cattermole this morning (that was my wish)—and I have no doubt you will hear from him in the course of the day.

  •                                    Believe me | Faithfully Yours
  • E. Landells Esquire                              Charles Dickens

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Editor’s Note
1 Ebenezer Landells (1808–60; DNB), wood-engraver; pupil of Thomas Bewick, and teacher of many leading draughtsmen, including Birket Foster 1841–6. Engraved Seymour's design for "The Tuggs's at Ramsgate", 1836. Ostensibly the engraver of more than half the illustrations to Master Humphrey, though 30 of them were cut by the Brothers Dalziel (see To Cattermole, 13 Jan, fn). Joint-projector with Henry Mayhew of Punch, for which he acted for a time virtually as art editor as well as engraver. Worked for the Illustrated London News and other illustrated periodicals.
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