“The Second of The Three Spirits” or “Scrooge’s third Visitor”
Steel engraving, hand-coloured
12.2 cm x 8.3 cm vignetted
Fifth illustration in A Christmas Carol (London: Chapman and Hall, 1843), facing p. 78.
The fifth illustration is John Leech’s introduction to literature of that “pre-Father Christmas” figure, the Spirit of Christmas Present, not quite sitting on a “couch” or “kind of throne” (77), but decidedly “a jolly Giant, glorious to see; who [bears] a glowing torch, in shape not unlike Plenty’s horn” (77). http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/carol/5.html
Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.
Romantic Illustration Network
Educational Workshop on Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol
‘Inventing Christmas: Dickens and Illustration’
in partnership with the House of Illustration and Y8 pupils from the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School
December 3rd, 2015
This project brings together scholary expertise from the University of Roehampton, and curators and practitioners from the House of Illustration, to develop the public impact of the Romantic Illustration Network.