Harper's 1860 Christmas issue

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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