The Meeting under London Bridge

Harry Furniss


14 x 9.4 cm vignetted

Twenty-eighth 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 353.

Dickens's original illustrator, George Cruikshank in the December 1838 number of Bentley's Miscellany provided dramatic scene, in which Noah Claypole, Fagin's agent, overhears some of the clandestine conversation between Nancy, Mr. Brownlow, and Rose Maylie about Monks' plotting against Oliver. This is Furniss's impressionistic revision of that same steel engraving, with Noah behind rather than in front of the figures under New London Bridge. ​[Click on illustration to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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