Tiny Tim with Bob Cratchit

Tiny Tim with Bob Cratchit Visual Arts Nineteenth Century Life Fiction

Tiny Tim, a beloved character from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, is a child in need of much help. 

Walking with a crutch, to help him with his iron-clad leg, Tim depends on his father, Bob Cratchit, to help him navigate London's city streets.

In this image, drawn by George Alfred Williams as the frontispiece for the 1905 edition published by The Platt & Peck Co (New York), we see Tim in his father's arms.  The caption is:  "He had been Tim's blood horse all the way from church."

Williams gives us some insight into the way he saw (and illustrated) the characters in Dickens' story:

Dickens seems to have put his whole self into these glowing little stories.  Whoever sees but a clever ghost story in the "Christmas Carol" misses its chief charm and lesson, for there is a different meaning in the movements of Scrooge and his attendant spirits.  A new life is brought to Scrooge...

Dickens's greatest gift was characterization, and no English writer, save Shakespeare, has drawn so many and so varied characters.  It would be as absurd to interpret all of these as caricatures as to deny Dickens his great and varied powers of creation.  Dickens exaggerated many of his comic and satirical characters, as was his right, for caricature and satire are very closely related, while exaggeration is the very essence of comedy.  But there remains a host of characters marked by humour and pathos. 

Yet the pictorial presentation of Dickens's characters has ever tended toward the grotesque. 

The interpretations in this volume aim to eliminate the grosser phases of the caricature in favour of the more human.  If the interpretations seem novel, if Scrooge be not as he has been pictured, it is because a more human Scrooge was desired - a Scrooge not wholly bad, a Scrooge of a better heart, a Scrooge to whom the resurrection described in this story was possible.

It has been the illustrator's whole aim to make these people live in some form more fully consistent with their types.

At the end of the story, after Scrooge has changed his life, this illustration could also apply to Ebenezer since he became, as Dickens tells us, a "second father" to Tiny Tim.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5155stories and lessons created

Original Release: Dec 24, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Nov 21, 2016

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