"Over a Christmas Bowl of Smoking Bishop" - Stave 5


This 8 cm by 6.5 cm woodcut vignette, drawn by John Leech, can be found in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1843). The image depicts the close of the tale, when Scrooge, a changed man, offers Bob well wishes for the holidays and a raise. He says they will discuss these things over a bowl of smoking bishop. The image uses a caricature style, typical of John Leech, which allows for a very noticeably joyous expression from Scrooge. The room is decorated with evergreen boughs and holly to highlight Scrooges transformation through the image's setting. 

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