Frontispiece: John and Dot Peerybingle before the Fire

Daniel Maclise and G. Dalziel (engraver)


Wood engraving

16.3 cm high x 9.7 cm wide, framed

Frontispiece: full-page illustration for Dickens's The Cricket on the Hearth: "Chirp the First," facing the engraved title.

Daniel Maclise, a Royal Academician, possessed a style of illustration markedly different from that of the lead artist on the project, John Leech (essentially a caricaturist and cartoonist), but leaving publication so late in the autumn of 1845 Dickens could not rely on a single illustrator to meet his publication deadline.

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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