The Fezziwig's Ball

Harry Furniss


14.5 x 9.4 cm framed

Initial illustration for A Christmas Carol in Christmas Books, Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 8, facing the title-page.

Paul Davis notes that Furniss has taken pains to make the reader regard the scene as an extension or presentation of Scrooge's memory: “Furniss's frontispiece redoes Fezziwig's ball, the subject of Leech's frontispiece for the original Carol. But in Furniss's version Scrooge's framing consciousness becomes a dominant element in the composition of the picture and in the vision of Christmas” (127). [Commentary continued below.]

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