London: circa 1850s. Watercolor. 26 x 18cm... On board.
Wilkins Micawber is a clerk in Charles Dickens's 1850 novel David Copperfield. He is traditionally identified with the optimistic belief that "something will turn up."...The humorous illustrator Frederick George Lewin worked for the Bristol Magpie and Bristol Evening Post and contributed to Punch magazine (1902-08). One of his main publishers was E.W. Savory Ltd. of Bristol, who produced these advertising calendars for the Yorkshire textile company Sam Weller, appropriately using characters from Pickwick Papers. Lewin was a member of the Royal West of England Academy and the Bristol Savage Club, and he wrote and illustrated Rhymes of Ye Olde Sign Boards (1911) and others. In 1912 Lewin provided the illustrations for Characters from Dickens. His light-hearted drawings of Dickensian characters also featured on cigarette cards and postcards. Item #16-4712