The Frozen Deep provided inspiration for A Tale of Two Cities.  Dickens relished the role of Richard Wardour in The Frozen Deep, and would have liked to have played Sydney Carton in a dramatization of A Tale of Two Cities; that is, an heroic figure sacrificing his own life and love to save another.  Shown here is a portrait of Sydney Carton at the guillotine, drawn by Frederick Barnard, and published in the 1880's.