Oliver refuses to be Bound over to the Sweep

Harry Furniss

1910

14.5 x 9.5 cm vignetted

Fourth 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. 24.

Dickens's description of Oliver's entreating the guardians to reject Gummidge's application to have the boy bound over as his apprentice (Chapter 2, "Treats of Oliver Twist's Growth, Education, and Board") is effectively rendered in a melodramatic scene of heightened gestures and charged poses in George Cruikshank's Oliver Escapes Being Bound to a Sweep in the March 1837 issue of Bentley's Miscellany. [Click on illustration to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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