"The Burglary"

Harry Furniss


14.3 x 9.3 cm framed

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 161.

Dickens's original illustrator, George Cruikshank in the January 1838 number of Bentley's Miscellany provided a realisation of yet another turning point in Oliver's life as the boy fails to admit the gang to the house at Chertsey, Surrey. In the original illustration, the serial reader encountered a realization of Oliver's being discovered by the servants shortly after climbing in through a diminutive window in The Burglary at the Maylies' home in Chertsey. [Click on illustration to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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