"Darnay Arraigned before the Judges"

Harry Furniss


14.2 x 9.6 cm vignetted

Twenty-seventh 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. 272.

Although a man's life is at stake as a result of the 19 September 1793 Republican law enacted against "Aristocrats, Federalists, [and] Monsieurs" (according to Thomas Carlyle's account of that autumn's events in The French Revolution, 3.4.6, cited in Sanders 148), only the prisoner himself seems to be fully attending to the proceedings in Furniss's courtroom scene, which does not encompass either the jury in their Phrygian caps or the blood-thirsty "patriots" in the audience. [Commentary continued below.]

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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