Is the name familiar? It should be, at this time of year. . . because Jacob Marley was a fictional character in Charles Dickens's 1843 novella "A Christmas Carol". Marley was a former business partner of the miser Ebenezer Scrooge, and his punishment was to do penance in Purgatory - until he achieves redemption by doing good for the "poor and need" that he ignored in life. And the chain fettering Marley represented his sins in life and his guilt in failing to help his fellow Man: he forged the chain himself and wore it through his lack of compassion for others. And what do we see here? A similarly chained sinner - on a fast track out of Purgatory, and by the looks of the driver: going to Hell. What a great image, Hand-drawn in ink on acid-free paper, c. 16.5" x 11.75" and signed by the artist.
Terry Oakes: The Curse of Jacob Marley
ships from the artist in Wales