Messrs. Cruncher and Son

Fred Barnard


13.8 x 10.5 cm

Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham

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Jerry, messenger and part-time medical supplier (read "grave-robber") is seated next to his son, young Jerry, the relationship made immediately manifest be similarities in the clothing, posture, and physiognomy. Jerry is every inch the eighteenth-century "bully boy" straight out of such Hogarth compositions as Chairing of the Candidate, complete with rough-hewn cane suitable for street fighting. [Continued below]