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Spirit of Christmas Past by Sol Eytinge, Jr.

Spirit of Christmas Past by Sol Eytinge, Jr. Fiction Visual Arts Ethics

As Marley’s Ghost foretold, Scrooge gets another visitor.  It’s the “Ghost of Christmas Past.”

John Leech, who created the illustrations for the first edition of “A Christmas Carol,” did not bring the “Ghost of Christmas Past” to life.  But Sol Eytinge, Jr. - whose work Dickens greatly admired - produced the wood engraving for the image depicted here.

Professor Philip V. Allingham makes the following observations about this particular Spirit of Christmas Past:

Eytinge has made obvious Scrooge's almost pre-natal posture, with knees draw up under his chin, ready for his spiritual rebirth and reintegration into the human family.

Click on the image for a better view.


Media Credits

Image entitled “The Spirit of Christmas Past,” scanned from Dickens, Charles.  A Christmas Carol — A Ghost Story of Christmas. Il. Sol Eytinge, Jr. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1868.  The illustration, based on a wood engraving by Solomon Eytinge, Jr. (1833-1905), appears at page 36 of the referenced work.

The image was placed online by Halyna Kozar, E. J. Pratt Library, Victoria University, Toronto, via Victorian Web.

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