"On the Way to Paris"

Harry Furniss


14.5 x 9.5 cm framed

Twenty-third 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. 232.

Although the illustration is situated at the close of Book Two, "The Golden Thread," the subject matter and the caption point to the opening chapter of the concluding book, when Charles Darnay, having inherited his uncle's title, feels responsible the St. Evémonde family retainer, Gabelle, who has written Darnay from the former royalist prison of La Abbaye. Furniss has resumed the ink-and-wash style which he employed for The Fall of the Bastille and The End of Foulon, a style perhaps suggestive of a photograph, and therefore of an historical recreation rather than a literary realisation. [Commentary continued below.]

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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