Marley's Face

Marley's Face

Sol Eytinge

Wood engraving

12.6 high x 9.4 cm

Fourth full-page Illustration for Dickens's A Christmas Carol in Prose: being a ghost story of Christmas, Ticknor and Fields (Boston), 1869.

For seven years, ever since Ebenezer Scrooge, the surviving business partner, acquired Jacob Marley's house, the solitary bachelor has taken the front-door knocker for granted as he returns from his warehouse at the end of each working day. As usual, he has taken out his door key and proceeded to place it in the lock when suddenly he encounters Marley's face superimposed upon the knocker.

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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