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    An Incredible Collection of 649 Original Drawings by "Kyd" of Characters from Dickens

    "Kyd" [Joseph Clayton Clarke, 1857-1937]. A Series of 649 Original Character-Studies illustrating the Works of Charles Dickens. Drawn in colours by "Kyd". [London:] 1885-1889. 649 original pen, ink and watercolor drawings of Dickensian characters (including the general title-page, which also features characters in full color). Each drawing is signed by him. The collection is divided into separate titles by Dickens, each with its own manuscript title-page and manuscript list of characters, both in colors (not counted as part of the character drawings). Each sheet approximately 11 x 10 inches, with the illustrations generally 6 x 4 inches. On thick paper. Fine. Housed in a series of six chemises and clamshell cases. Manuscript count of entire collection affixed to inside front case of the first case.
    "Kyd's" artwork reflects the flamboyant aspects of the characters depicted; the humorous characters seem funnier, the romantic characters seem more airy, the villains seem scarier, etc. Although collections of "Kyd's" watercolor drawings of Dickensian characters have sold at auction, this is possibly the largest single collection ever offered (this collection is even larger than the one acquired by the British Museum in 1910, which had 598 drawings).


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