"Doctor Manette's 'Old Companion'"

Harry Furniss


13.9 x 9.4 cm

Nineteenth 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. 192.

The illustration corresponds to Phiz's original conception of the Jarvis Lorry and Miss Pross conspiratorially destroying the shoemender's bench in order to prevent their old friend, Doctor Manette, from relapsing into his former identity as the Bastille prisoner. The moment as Furniss conceives of it is even more dramatic than the October 1859 illustration The Accomplices as he has moved in for a close-up, eliminating much of the background (especially the shelves of books and the screen) — and has the well-meaning vandals stare apprehensively in the reader's direction. [Commentary continued below.]

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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