The Fox Discovered. Alfred Crowquill. Hand-coloured wood engraving; engraved by J. C. Jobbins, 5 x 6 inches. Source: Alfred Crowquill, The Careless Chicken, 12. Mr Fox prepares for the kill – and acts as a lightly coded representation of the dangers of urban living. Labelled a ‘rascal’, ‘brigand’ and ‘thief’, his jaunty coat is part of the motley costume that middle-class Victorians regarded as a sign of villainy. Dickens’s rascals, with their inappropriate hats and ill-fitting jackets are prime examples of the symbolism of clothes – of which this is another example.

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Crowquill, Alfred. The Careless Chicken. London: Grant & Griffith, n.d. [mid 1850s],

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