"Sydney Carton"

Harry Furniss


13.3 x 7 cm

Twenty-second 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. 225.

The caption which J. A. Hammerton has provided — "Tallest and most unpromising of men" — is not situated by either a chapter or a page number, although Hammerton has juxtaposed the image of Carton dressed as a barrister against his legal partner Stryver's complaining outside Tellson's about the iniquities of the revolutionary regime across the Channel in Chapter 24, "Drawn to the Loadstone Rock." However, the illustration corresponds to Sydney Carton's last major appearance, in Chapter 20, "A Plea," when the Darnays, returning home from their honeymoon, receive the dissolute attorney's congratulations. [Commentary continued below.]

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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