The Fountain — An Allegory

Harry Furniss


13.7 x 8.8 cm

Eleventh illustration 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. 112.

The illustration combines three visual themes that occur in the previous narrative-pictorial sequences: Phiz's baroque fountain in the public square in St. Antoine, the inconsequential nature of the decadent aristocracy of pre-revolutionary France, and the knitting of the inscrutable Moira figure of Madame Defarge, calculating and implacable as she minutely records the transgressions of the upper class. [Commentary continued below.]

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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