"Lucie and her Father under the Plane-tree"

Harry Furniss


13.6 x 8.3 cm

Eighteenth 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. 176.

The illustration corresponds to Phiz's original conception of the idyllic scene only insofar as it features Doctor Manette and his daughter prior to her marriage to Charles Darnay. The moment as Furniss conceives of it is far more intimate because he has deliberately eliminated the other figures present in the December 1859 illustration Under the Plane Tree and moved father and daughter into an embrace as the father points dramatically upward to the moon. [Commentary continued below.]

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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