The Dinner on the Steps

Richard Doyle


Wood engraving dropped into the text

Full-page illustration for Dickens's The Chimes: First Quarter

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Whereas Daniel Maclise's frontispiece and engraved title enjoin the reader to regard this as a tale of the supernatural, with beautiful spirits encircling Richard and Meg, Doyle takes a different approach, at once realistic (the church tower) and light-hearted (the whimsical goblins playing at the four corners of the picture-frame).

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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