Alfred's Farewell —

Harry Furniss

1910

13.5 x 9.2 cm framed

Dickens's Christmas Books, Charles Dickens Library Edition, facing p. 256.

Whereas other illustrators have used images to set the late eighteenth-century, rural scene and introduce the cast of characters, Furniss has focussed on the key relationship of the "love story" — the romantic complication of both sisters' being in love with the same young man. [Commentary continued below.]

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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