Milly —

Harry Furniss


13.3 x 9.5 cm vignetted

Dickens's Christmas Books, Charles Dickens Library Edition, facing p. 368.

Although previous illustrators have depicted Milly Swidger, the "Angel in the House" whose beneficent influence counteracts the dreadful "gift" of Redlaw's Phantom or baneful double, in juxtaposition with such figures as the poor student, "Denham," in Frank Stone's Milly and the Student and the Tetterby children in Frank Stone's penultimate illustration in the original novella, and the Old Man, Philip Swidger, in 'Merry and happy, was it?' asked the Chemist in a low voice, Furniss has chosen to study her in near isolation, with only Longford's (alias "Denham") head on his daybed setting the context. [Commentary continued below.]

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