Images from 'The Pickwick Papers' by Anna Marongiu
Anna Marongiu, was a Sardinian artist who created 262 illustrations of Charles Dickens’s first novel, The Pickwick Papers, between 1928 and 1929. These rich, unpublished artworks depict scenes from the novel that have rarely been illustrated, and present a new perspective of Dickens’s novel. Marongiu’s Pickwick illustrations comprise 29 watercolours and 233 line drawings. For each illustration, she noted in Italian the line from the novel that inspired her work. Later, her work was pasted onto coloured sugar paper.
Marongiu’s talent was tragically cut short in 1941, when she died in a plane crash in Ostia at the age of thirty-four. Her Pickwick series was later gifted to the Charles Dickens Museum by her family. A selection of 13 sheets (of the 35) are now on display in the museum. The remaining 22 can be explored here.