Considerable Versatility

This afternoon I posted

Later, I scanned the next five of Charles Keeping’s illustrations to Charles Dickens’s ‘Our Mutual Friend’, demonstrating the artist’s considerable versatility.

‘ ‘Does anybody down there know what has happened?’ once more admirably depicts the fog – this time in a text sandwich.

‘Sweet delusion for Pleasant Riderhood’

‘Bella arrived in the Boffin Chariot’

‘Mr Boffin had a child’s delight in looking at shops’ makes use of a two page spread.

‘They stood interlocked like a couple of preposterous gladiators’

This evening we dined on baked gammon moistened by juicy ratatouille; boiled new potatoes; firm carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli, with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Fleurie.


  1. As Liz mentioned, I like the 2 page spread of the shops too… such an effective way to depict the busy terrace, at the top of dense text like that.
    Ratatouille seems the perfect dish for this time of the year, with the courgettes, onions and last tomatoes being harvested… my aubergine are nearly ready for picking, too! Jackie’s ability with menu design is as stellar as her planting plans πŸ™‚

  2. Mr. Keeping’s illustrations are always amazing and a joy to see! His artistic style! The details! The many fine lines, shapes, textures! Those first two you shared…Wowza! πŸ™‚
    Thank you for sharing these, Derrick! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚
    PS…I always look for, and enjoy, your adjectives describing your delicious meals made by such loving hands! πŸ™‚ YAY, Chef Jackie! One of her many hats! ?‍?

  3. Mr Keeping is perfectly capable of carrying the reader away to the Victorian times, on tracks laid by the redoubtable author. I am grateful to you for revealing the artistic treasure to your readers.

  4. I like the sound of that supper and all your suppers. Why do you never pack some up and ship to me here in Ontario? (p.s. What is the difference between dinner and supper in your land?)

    1. It is actually a matter of class and upbringing. My preference is dinner, but in my childhood dinner was what is now lunch and supper was a snack before bed. Thanks very much, Cynthia. I believe it was an American who had a takeaway Indian meal sent over by chartered plane – but we can’t run to that πŸ™‚

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