"Fagin in the Condemned Cell"

Harry Furniss

1910

13.9 x 9.4 cm framed

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. 410.

Whereas Dickens's description of "Fagin's Last Night Alive" (Chapter 52) makes him seem all too human as he contemplates not only his own fate — to be hanged by the neck until dead" the next morning in a public execution — but also the fates of previous occupants of his cell, the Furniss illustration with its glowing eyes suggest that Fagin is some sort of beast or man possessed. [Click on illustration to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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