Twenty First Day of Advent

from Oh Dear Oh Look at the Snow by Jack Frost, published by Dean & Son, 1884.
I know we’ve posted a couple of snow scenes from this book by the pseudonymous Jack Frost, depicting children making huge snowballs, but I love this one and can’t bear to leave it out. Why do I love this particular one? They’re all delightful, with their muted, greeny-grey sky, falling snowflakes, capering children and companionable little dog.
 I think it’s the boy on the far left, something about his face. Is it the same boy we saw in the grey check outfit, with the lace collar, in our Eighth Day of Advent post? Maybe. There’s something good natured about him.
And this illustration was made into a Christmas card years ago, when I was working on the Tower Project, and I bought a pack of them. I still have a couple because I can’t part with them. It’s imbued with a certain nostalgia for a very happy time in my career. Another delightful illustration by the mysterious E.B.
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