Ron Embleton (biography)Medium:
Pencil on PaperSize:
9" x 16" (240mm x 400mm)This is the unique original Pencil drawing by Ron Embleton.
A striking book illustration for an edition of A Christmas Carol, the novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1843.
A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.
Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol during a period when the British were exploring and re-evaluating past Christmas traditions, including carols and newer customs such as Christmas trees.
The treatment of the poor and the ability of a selfish man to redeem himself by transforming into a more sympathetic character are the key themes of the story. There is discussion among academics as to whether this was a fully secular story, or if it is a Christian allegory.
This original painting is from the Ron Embleton family collection.