NOTES ON ISSUE 4: ILLUSTRATIONS
These illustrations, by Harry French, are taken from the Household Edition of Hard Times, published by Chapman and Hall in London (D. Appleton and Co. in New York), in the 1870s. The cover of the print edition reproduces that edition's paper cover. The weekly serial of Hard Times was not illustrated, nor was the first volume edition.
"He went down on his knee
before her on the poor mean stairs, and put an end of her shawl
to his lips."
"Louisa, my dear, you are the subject of a proposal of marriage that has been made to me." This illustration was the frontispiece of the Household Edition.
Aside from Chapman and Hall's Household Edition, there were few illustrated editions of Hard Times. However, the 1868 Library Edition included four drawings by Frederick Walker. The following illustration, "Stephen and Rachael in the Sick-Room," originally accompanied that edition. (It is reproduced here from the collection Dickens Pictures by Contemporary Artists.)