The great caricaturist George Cruikshank here attacks the British public’s growing appetite for money, wealth and materialism. Riding in the ornate carriage is a grotesque effigy made from stuffed money bags; around it crowds of people bow down in deference, as they would before royalty or God.
- Article by:
- John Sutherland
- Poverty and the working classes, The novel 1832–1880, London
Professor John Sutherland considers how Dickens’s A Christmas Carol engages with Victorian attitudes towards poverty, labour and the Christmas spirit.