The Upper-middle-class Family's Christmas Dinner
Christmas issue cover
Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization
The design of the cover of Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization for Saturday, 29 December, 1861, evokes the title-pages of such Dickens novels as A Tale of Two Cities and The Haunted Man, the Christmas vignettes perhaps functioning as visual allusions to the magazine's current serialization of Great Expectations, which had started in November. [Commentary continued below]
Image scan, caption, and commentary by Philip V. Allingham.
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