Chirp the First

Richard Doyle; engraver G. Dalziel


Wood engraving

11.6 cm high x 6.9 cm wide (4 ½ by 2 ⅝ inches), framed

Full-page illustration for Dickens's The Cricket on the Hearth, "Chirp the First," page 1.

The full-page illustration is actually two pictures joined by the figure of the carrier: above, he is by implication driving the cart, at work, outdoors, on the highroad; but he exists only as the man of the house, the father and husband, relaxing after his labour in the main and lower register. Doyle keeps the worker and provider in the background. Ironically, then, Doyle repeats only one figure: the carrier's faithful companion at work and at home, the dog, Boxer.

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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