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A Christmas pudding for the lighthouse

Friday 21 December 2012

Last year’s email Christmas card was received so well, I have done the same thing again​—​another wood engraving from the Illustrated London News, by the same artist, of a similar senti­mental subject involving Christmas, a rowing boat, lighthouse keepers, and a pile-lighthouse.

W H Overend (artist), P Naumann (engraver), ‘A Christmas pudding for the lighthouse’, wood engraving published in the Illustrated London News Christmas number, 1891.

The handsome young woman, manoeuvring the boat with her oars, is a striking figure in the picture. Is she meant to represent the caring feminine aspect (was it her idea to make a pudding to sustain the lonely light keepers through their Christmas vigil…)? Or is she the original Page Three fantasy?

Detail of the pudding.

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