"Oliver and His Mother's Portrait"

Harry Furniss


13.9 x 9.5 cm framed

The first of thirty-four illustrations for The Adventures of Oliver Twist in Oliver Twist and A Child's History of England, Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 3, facing the title-page.

Whereas Dickens begins the novel with the death of Oliver's mother in the workhouse a considerable distance north of London, Furniss's initial lithograph from a pen-and-ink wash drawing focuses on the boy's comfortably dozing in an easy chair, a bowl of hot broth beside him, beneath the portrait of a fashionably dressed young woman of about twenty years of age looking out of the frame at the reader. [Click on the illustration to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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