[Thomas Gradgrind Apprehends His  Children Louisa and Tom at the Circus]

Title page vignette

[Thomas Gradgrind Apprehends His Children Louisa and Tom at the Circus]

Harry French

Wood engraving

1870s

10.1 cm wide x 13.7 cm high

Illustration for Dickens's Hard Times for These Times in the British Household Edition, p. 1

This is possibly what Tom saw "through a hole in a deal board" of the equestrian Tyrolean flower-act (Book One, Ch. 3), or possibly "A Grand Morning Performance by the Riders" (Book Three, Ch. 7) Interior: circus tent.

Scan and text by Philip V. Allingham

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