Phiz: The Man Who Drew Dickens

Hablot Knight Browne—known as “Phiz”—was the greatest illustrator of Charles Dickens’ fiction. In a collaboration that lasted for a quarter of a century, Phiz’s drawings brought to life a galaxy of immortal characters. Fittingly, Phiz himself—from the mystery of his birth onwards—led a life as rich as any novel. In this lively memoir, Phiz’ great-great-granddaughter traces his path to fame in a tale bustling with color and adventure. Based on a wealth of unpublished material and brimming with Phiz’s delicious illustrations, this is the perfect book for all who love Dickens and the hidden byways of Victorian life.

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"A fresh and readable account of a world long vanished."  - Peter Ackroyd, The Times

"Quirkily written and full of engaging detail, this book is a beguiling contribution to mid-Victorian studies." - D.J. Taylor, Sunday Times

"A labour of love:  Lester is the subject's great-great granddaughter, and her affection spills out on every page."  - Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Daily Telegraph

"Everything in this biography made me want to know Phiz better."  - Caroline Moore, Sunday Telegraph

"A work of great industry and family pietas."  - Paul Johnson, Literary Review

"A family biography of endearing warmth and real affection . . . it makes one long to re-visit those most memorable characters that are in an indissoluble composite of Dickens' words and Phiz's etchings." - Christopher Phipps, Tablet

"A warm and loving work."  - Daniel Neill, Spectator