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"The Second of The Three Spirits" or "Scrooge's third Visitor" John Leech 1843 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.

“The Second of The Three Spirits” or “Scrooge’s third Visitor”
John Leech
1843
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

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‘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.

   

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ECR Training Day: Matrices/Printing Surfaces

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Early career researchers are invited to apply for the British Academy funded training day focusing on the use of matrices and printing surfaces in research on illustrated books. The workshop, facilitated by Dr Elizabeth Savage (Institute of English Studies) and Dr Giles Bergel (Oxford), will allow participates to consider both printing surfaces such as woodblocks and engraved plates, and the resulting impressions, and to relate them to the content of printed books.

No previous experience is necessary. Applications are open to scholars from all disciplines and related professions, including current PhD students or those who received a PhD in or after 2007.

Click here to learn more and apply.

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