The Artful Dodger before the Magistrates

Harry Furniss


14.3 x 9.5 cm vignetted

Twenty-seventh 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. 336.

Dickens's original illustrator, George Cruikshank in Bentley's Miscellany did not focus on the Dodger's fate; rather, Furniss's model was apparently the James Mahoney courtroom scene in the third volume of the Household Edition, "What is this?" inquired one of the magistrates. — "A pick-pocketing case, Your Worship.". However, Furniss's Dodger is no diminutive, chirpy Cockney street-child in Chapter 43, but a suave, fashionably dressed young adult. [Click on illustration to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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