Bumble surprises Noah and Charlotte

Harry Furniss


14.2 x 9.5 cm vignetted

Seventeenth 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 192.

Dickens's original illustrator, George Cruikshank in the February 1838 number of Bentley's Miscellany provided a study of the self-important bully Mr. Bumble, the parish beadle, interrupting the romantic and gustatory idyll of apprentice Noah Claypole and the Sowerberrys' maid, the flirtatious and smitten Charlotte, in what constitutes an Anglicized version of a French farce. ​[Click on illustration to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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