"Ah! It's very nice," said Toby

A. A. Dixon


Lithographic reproduction of watercolour

12.2 cm high x 8.1 cm wide

Second illustration for The Christmas Books, Collins' Pocket Edition (1906), facing page 129.

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The dramatic opening of The Chimes; A Goblin Story (1844) in which, buffeted by frigid winds, ticket-porter Trotty Veck meets his beautiful daughter on the church steps has been the subject of a number of illustrations since the Christmas Book's initial publication, but Dixon's suffers in the comparison. [Commentary continued below.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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