After dinner Caleb sang the song about the Sparkling Bowl
13.9 cm high by 10.6 cm wide, framed
Final Illustration for Dickens's The Cricket on the Hearth, Chirp the Third, p. 116.
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The Cricket on the HearthChristmas Books, p. 116. Engraved by one of the Dalziels, and signed "FB" [i. e., Fred Barnard] in lower left corner. ” [Click on the image to enlarge it.]by Fred Barnard. Household Edition (1878) of "Chirp the Third" of Dickens's
Barnard's final illustration for the 1845 Christmas Book suggests that, in the Dance of Life that ends the novella the long-suffering toy-maker Caleb Plummer is decidedly the odd man out — contradicting John Leech's fanciful pairing of the dancing Caleb with the awkward nurse, Tilly Slowboy, in the final illustration. The portrait of the melancholy widower and devoted single-parent, sitting beside his blind daughter and sining what ought to be a jolly seasonal catch, is a decidedly off way to conclude the novella — other nineteenth-century illustrators have tended to focus on the dance in which all of the characters, including the sarcastic Tackleton, pair off.
Other Illustrators' Choices for the Final Illustration for this Novella, 1845-1910
Three illustrations from the closing of the novella: Left: John Leech's scene of the community at festival, The Dance (1845). Centre: E. A. Abbey's melodramatic "'Listen to me!' he said. 'And take care that you hear me right'." (1876). Right: E. A. Brock's uncaptioned tailpiece, Caleb and Tilly dancing. (1905) [Click on the images to enlarge them.]
Above: Harry Furniss's depiction of Tackleton's arrival after the revelation of the lost bridegroom, Tackleton's Wedding Day! (1910). [Click on the image to enlarge it.]
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