The Uncommercial Traveller

Harry Furniss

1910

14.8 x 9.2 cm framed

Dickens's Christmas Books and The Uncommercial Traveller, Vol. 8 of the Charles Dickens Library Edition, following p. 411.

In the Household Edition volumes of the late 1870s, the illustrator of the Harper and Brothers volume, Charles Stanley Reinhart, does include among his initial wood-engravings a picture of the fictitious Joe Specks, the narrative voice of the essays published throughout the 1860s in Dickens's weekly journal All the Year Round. Here, Reinhart has given us merely a respectable, middle-aged bourgeois in a tailcoat, whereas Furniss has based his figure on actual photographs of Dickens taken in the 1860s, such as Charles Dickens by J. Gurney and Sons, 1867. [Commentary continued below.]

[Click on image to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

[You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]