Mr. Pickwick toby jug produced by Sampson Smith of Longton, England circa 1870. Samuel Pickwick is a fictional character and the main protagonist in The Pickwick Papers (1836), the first novel by author Charles Dickens. One of the author's most famous and loved creations, Mr. Pickwick is a retired successful businessman and is the Founder and Chairman of the Pickwick Club, a club formed to explore places remote from London and investigate the quaint and curious phenomena of life found there. This Mr. Pickwick toby jug depicts Pickwick seated on a bench hewn out of a tree with a branch forming the handle. He is holding a cup in his left hand and a handkerchief in his right.