The Golden Lucy

Harry Furniss


13.9 x 9.7 cm vignetted

Dickens's Christmas Stories, Charles Dickens Library Edition, facing XVI, 96.

Although Furniss has chosen one of the 1856 Christmas number's lighter moments, The Wreck of 'The Golden Mary', Being the Captain's Account of the Loss of the Ship, and the Mate's Account of the Great Deliverance of her People in an Open Boat at Sea, as Dickens's lengthy title suggests, the frame story is anything but comic — in fact, the golden-haired child in Furniss's picture dies. [Commentary continued below.]

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