The Marquis

Harry Furniss

1910

11.4 x 7. cm and (inset) 6.4 x 4.5 cm

Tenth illustration for A Tale of Two Cities in A Tale of Two Cities, American Notes, Pictures from Italy, Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 13, facing p. 104.

Although film actors as talented as Barry Morse and Christopher Lee have tackled with gusto and aplomb the role of the villainous Marquis de St. Evrémonde, thereby shaping present-day readers' conceptions of this unpleasant exemplar of the decadent French aristocracy prior to the revolution, Furniss's illustration directly reflects the text itself and the illustrations by Phiz and Barnard. [Commentary continued below.]

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