The Tetterby's Baby —

Harry Furniss


13.7 x 9 cm vignetted

Dickens's Christmas Books, Charles Dickens Library Edition, facing p. 392.

Although previous illustrators have depicted Johnny, the baby-minder, being chastised by his parents for neglecting his charge, only Furniss actually depicts Johnny's receiving physical abuse, an action uncharacteristic for his mother and father, who are now under the malignant influence of the dreadful "gift" that Redlaw bears with him into the Tetterby household when he visits the sick student, Denham. [Commentary continued below.]

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