The Phantom —

Harry Furniss

1910

14 x 8.9 cm framed

Dickens's Christmas Books, Charles Dickens Library Edition, facing p. 325.

Furniss's editor, J. A. Hammerton, has selected as a caption for Furniss's study of Professor Redlaw (left) and his doppelganger (right) precisely the same passage that appears opposite John Leech's "Redlaw and the Phantom" in the 1848 edition. However, Furniss has increased the scale of the figures and decreased the distance between them, thereby eliminating most of the background details pertaining to the chemist's study. And Furniss's university lecturer is fuller faced and older than Leech's, presenting a less romantic and anguished profile as he stares into the flames. [Commentary continued below.]

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  • Detail of Redlaw and The Phantom
  • Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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