​The Laying of the Foundation Stone.

Harry Furniss


14.3​ cm high​ by 9.5 cm wide vignetted

Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit, Volume 7 of The​ ​ Charles​ Dickens Library Edition, Chapter​ 35, "Arriving in England, Martin witnesses a ceremony, from which he derives the cheering information that he has not been forgotten in his absence," facing p. 576.​ Dickens's readers would not have been surprised at the coincidental arrival from the United States of Martin and Mark just as the local Member of Parliament is laying the foundation for the grammar school which Martin designed, but whose plans Pecksniff appropriated, his only contribution being four windows.

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