Danced in the freedom and gaiety of their hearts

A. A. Dixon


Lithographic reproduction of watercolour

12.2 cm high x 7.9 cm wide

Sixth illustration for The Christmas Books, Collins' Pocket Edition (1906), facing page 385.

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The story's adolescent sistersdo not look quite so much alike as Dixon implies, for in the original 1846 illustrations one is clearly a blonde, the other a brunette. Moreover, if the 1846 frontispiece were his model, he has lost much of Daniel Maclise's charming details. [Commentary continued below.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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