Warren’s Blacking was a leading manufacturer of shoe-black (shoe-polish) in the 19th century. Available as a liquid in bottles or as a paste in pots, the blacking was ‘sold in every Town in the Kingdom’ as this advertisement boasts. Notoriously, Charles Dickens worked at Warren's Blacking Factory when he was 12 years old, during the period his father was imprisoned for debt. His job was to paste labels onto the blacking pots.
This full-page printed advertisement was probably intended to be used as a poster.
- Full title:
- Double page advertisement for Warren's Blacking Warehouse. Featuring 'Humorous Twelfth-Night Characters'. [from the author's presentation copy of The Life of Dickens, 1872-74]
- n.d., London
- Advertisement / Ephemera / Illustration / Image
- unknown [author and illustrator], John Forster [compiler]
- Usage terms
- Public Domain
- Held by
- British Library
- Dex.316. - Vol I, part I
- Article by:
- Philip Horne
- London, Crime and crime fiction, The novel 1832–1880
Dickens's Oliver Twist depicts the excitement as well as the danger surrounding the criminal underworld. Here Professor Philip Horne examines how Dickens’s portrayal of crime was influenced by public executions, contemporary criminal slang and other sensational literary works.