Mr.​ Bumble and Mrs. Corney

Harry Furniss


14.2 x 9.5 cm vignetted

Sixteenth 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 168.

Dickens's original illustrator, George Cruikshank in the January 1838 number of Bentley's Miscellany provided a number of studies of the self-important bully Mr. Bumble, the parish beadle who acts as the agent for the trustees of the workhouse in which Oliver's mother dies at the beginning of the novel. The parallel study to Furniss's here is Cruikshank's Mr. Bumble and Mrs. Corney taking tea (February 1838).​[Click on illustration to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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