When David Copperfield was published, it was common, and usually preferred, for novels to include illustrations. This practice continued into the 20th century, which means that a number of different illustrators produced artwork for the story. This page houses a collection of illustrations from book scans and webpages. If you have a copy with interesting illustrations, please contribute to the gallery!
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Hablot Knight Browne, a.k.a Phiz
H.K. Browne, usually known as Phiz, created the original illustrations for David Copperfield when it was published in 1849-1850. The drawings came from etchings that were inked and printed in black and white; colored versions exist but these vary according to the person coloring them from the originals. Though Phiz' illustrations may not be as beautiful as some others, they are very important as Dickens personally influenced their creation. Emblems in the illustrations also provide hints as to themes intended by Dickens, as well as what is happening in the story. Michael Steig has written an excellent article on Phiz' DC illustrations.
Harold Copping illustrated a number of Dickens' works in the 1920s. His style is much more realistic than most of the Victorian illustrators, and his illustrations focus more on David as a child, and the important meetings that will affect the rest of his life.
Like Copping, Frank Reynolds created his illustrations for David Copperfield in the 1920s. His stand apart from the rest for their realism, and their style which is more like portraiture than illustration.
The following illustrations are by artists who only created a few illustrations for the novel, or whose names I don't know. If you recognize any of the uncredited illustrators let me know!