Illustration Analysis

Dickens and Phiz

Work Time

Dickens's most well-known illustrator, Hablot Knight Browne, worked closely with Dickens for over twenty years. Browne went by the pseudonym “Phiz,” and he did, in fact, draw one moment from these chapters that was published in A Tale of Two Cities .

Take a look at the illustration by Phiz.

Discuss the illustration  with the class by answering the following questions.

  • Why might Phiz think this is an important part of the story?
  • Why do you think that Phiz chose these characters and not the others?
  • What themes—or messages—does this scene send?
  • Are the characters in the illustration as you imagined them to be?