Time again to showcase the latest of Phiz’s illustrations that would now be available to the public:
This one, “The Accomplices” came as a bit of a shock if only to see a moment of comedy again, when the last few weeks have been increasingly sombre and bloody. I recall our discussions of the murder of the bench at the time, and it seems Phiz has definitely decided to emphasise the humour and absurdity of the scenario, while Dickens’s text perhaps leaves more scope for exploring the darker psychology of the moment.
The next illustration, along with “the Spy’s funeral” in an earlier part, is again a typical Phiz drawing that does him more credit than some of the weaker drawings we’ve seen thus far. This is “The Sea Rises”:
I love the dynamics of this scene; you can see the motion of the crowd, that sense of a wave of people rushing in a torrent, with a bizarrely calm and serene aristocrat in the middle like a rock among the storm.