Tilly Slowboy

Harry Furniss

1910

10.5 x 7.5 cm vignetted

Initial illustration for The Cricket on the Hearth in Christmas Books, Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 8, facing page 161.

In Dickens's third seasonal offering for the gift-book trade, Tilly Slowboy is a good-natured natural intended to supply what A Christmas Carol and The Chimes had lacked: character comedy. [Commentary continued below.]

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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