"The boy became quite stiff, and stood like a statue, looking into the ink in the hollow of his hand."

Harper & Bros. house illustrator William Jewett ("W. J.")

Wood engraving

14.4 cm high by 11.3 cm wide

Second regular illustration for Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone: A Romance in Harper's Weekly (4 January 1868), page 5. The three brahmins, disguised as itinerant acrobats (jugglers), consult a clairvoyant boy (whom they have picked up in the London slums) regarding the arrival of Franklin Blake with the diamond. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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Illustrations courtesy of the E. J. Pratt Fine Arts Library, University of Toronto, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia.