The Ghostly Knocker
14.5 x 9.3 cm framed
Fourth illustration for A Christmas Carol in The Christmas Books, Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), VIII, 17.
In the image of a diminutive Scrooge and a gigantic door-Knocker with the face of Jacob Marley — complete with chin-wrapping and glasses on The forehead, immediately suggesting both the corpse and the living partner whom Scrooge knew so well — Furniss offers simultaneously psychological insight and whimsical caricature. [Commentary continued below.]
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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.
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