"Bill Sikes"

Harry Furniss


13.9 x 9 cm vignetted

Thirteenth illustration for The Adventures of Oliver Twist in Oliver Twist and A Child's History of England, Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 3, facing p. 136.

Dickens's original illustrator, George Cruikshank in the September 1837 number of Bentley's Miscellany introduced​to the novel's narrative-pictorial program the surly burglar Bill Sikes.​As the gang's chief outside contractor Sikes together with his doxy, Nancy, undertakes to recapture Oliver after his apprehension in the abortive robbery of book-browsing Mr. Brownlow. [Click on illustration to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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