Mr. Stryver

Harry Furniss


13.5 x 9 cm vignetted

Twelfth 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. 128.

Just as, in The Marquis, the haughty French aristocrat looks out of the book, towards the right, in this illustration the insensitive representative of England's rising middle class, barrister Stryver, looks inward, as if regarding his French counterpart through the intervening twenty-four pages. Thus, through their juxtapositions and similar poses, Furniss asks the reader to compare the medodramatic foreign villain with the home-grown buffoon who ironically sees himself as a good catch for Lucie Manette. [Commentary continued below.]

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