PHIZ The Man Who Drew Dickens
by Valerie Browne Lester
Chatto & Windus, , Random House, 2004 [First Edition], b/w photographic plates, b/w illustrations throughout text, hardcover, dustjacket, ISBN 070117742X
Like New Condition, very faint minor marks to fore-edge, minor edge and shelf wear, otherwise as new unread
'In this vivid, lively memoir - the first full biography, long-awaited by Victorian scholars - his great-great-granddaughter Valerie Browne Lester tracks the struggles of the abandoned Browne family and follows Phiz's path to marriage and fame, his travels around England and Ireland and work with Dickens, Lever, Trollope and others, and his colourful private life. Although he was hopeless with money and had too many children he remained an eternal optimist until his death in 1882. In his imitable way, Phiz was a great artist. His story bustles with character and adventure, celebrations and arguments, laughter and tears.'