Caleb Plummer — The Toy Maker

Harry Furniss

1910

12.9 x 7.2 cm vignetted

Third illustration for The Cricket on the Hearth in Christmas Books, Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 8, facing page 192.

Caleb, one of two artists in the novella, is surrounded by evidence of his skill. Hanging behind him is the sack-cloth garment that he has described for his blind daughter as a beautiful, blue topcoat, the latest gambit in his continuing to maintain the delusion that they are comfortably circumstanced rather than poor. [Commentary continued below.]

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