The Election for Beadle
14.3 cm high x 9.4 cm wide, framed
Dickens's Sketches by Boz, Vol. 1 of the Charles Dickens Library Edition, Chapter 4, "The Election for Beadle," facing the title-page.
Fin-de-siécle illustrator Harry Furniss's interpretation of the chapter in which the Parish officials, having suffered the death of their beadle, dare to hold an election rather than merely appointing a successor — and thereby triggering a contest between the forces of Tradition and those of Reform.
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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.
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