13 cm high x 8 cm wide, vignetted
Dickens's Sketches by Boz, Vol. 1 of the Charles Dickens Library Edition, Chapter 19, "Public Dinners," facing p. 160.
Fin-de-siécle illustrator Harry Furniss's interpretation of the chapter in which the upper-middle-class businessmen and professionals participate in a banquet whose proceeds will go to a worthy charity — Dickens's "Indigent Orphgans Fund."
"Gentlemen charge your glasses, if you please!"Decanters having been handed about, and glasses filled, the toast-master proceeds, in a regular ascending scale:— "Gentlemen— air— you— all charged? Pray— silence— gentlemen — for— the cha—i—r!" — Sketches by Boz, extended caption on p. 160.
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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.
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