The Vacant Stool —

Harry Furniss

1910

13.9 x 9.2 cm vignetted

Fourth illustration for The Cricket on the Hearth in Christmas Books, Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 8, facing page 216.

Omitting the shotgun that both Richard Doyle and John Leech had prominently positioned as a suspense-generating device in their 1845 studies of the anguished John Peerybingle, Harry Furniss has engendered reader sympathy for the wronged husband while minimising the possibility of his committing a violent act out of jealousy or righteous indignation. [Commentary continued below.]

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