From his Clock-side in the Chimney Corner

Harry Furniss


14.2 x 9.4 cm (5 ½ by 3 ⅝ inches), framed.

Dickens's Master Humphrey's Clock, The Charles Dickens Library Edition; facing VI, the engraved title-page.

In this visual introduction to one of Dickens's minor efforts at weekly serialisation, Furniss's illustration is highly specific, describing the convivial chimney-corner of his crippled but cheerful "editor," Master Humphrey, who keeps his copy in the clock piece, immediately behind his antique arm-chair. [Commentary continues below.]

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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