Rose

Harry Furniss

1910

14.2 x 9.2 cm framed

Thirty-second 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. 402.

Dickens's original illustrator, George Cruikshank in Bentley's Miscellany seems to have regarded Oliver's aunt, Rose Maylie, as a minor character, depicting her clearly only in The Meeting (Part 20, December 1838) and Rose Maylie and Oliver — The Church Plate (Part 24, April 1839). The present lithograph is not so much Furniss's response to those original engravings with their rather prosaic and passive heroine as to the James Mahoney wood-engraving for Chapter 51 in the third volume of the Household Edition, "Do you know this young lady, sir?". [Click on illustration to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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