Madame Mantalini is a dressmaker in Cavendish Square who hires Kate Nickleby. Her husband, Alfred, is a shiftless idler who goes though all of her money. Madame is, “a buxom person, handsomely dressed and rather good-looking, but much older than the gentleman in the Turkish trousers.”
Charles Dickens. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Illustrated in Colour by C. E. Brock. London: Harrap, 1931.