Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim

Fred Barnard



Frontispiece, Dickens's A Christmas Carol.

This scene, although not realised in the original Chapman and Hall edition of 1843, has given rise to illustrations by Sol Eytinge, Jr. (1869), Fred Barnard (1878 and 1885), and Harold Copping (1924), the last of these being the most widely reproduced. But only Barnard's 1885 character study captures the precise moment of Dickens's text; the other three illustrations allude to an earlier, unnarrated moment in which father and son sail through the snowy streets of Camden Town on Christmas morning, after attending church; notably the female members of the family did not join them, so that Dickens established in the text a special intimacy between Bob and Tim that may reflect his own childhood relationship with his convivial (albeit, debt-ridden) father in Chatham [continued below].

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham