The Toast-Master

Harry Furniss


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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