Oliver and the Master of the Workhouse

Charles Pears

1912

12.5 x 8.8 cm framed

First illustration for The Adventures of Oliver Twist, Centenary Edition (1912), facing p. 16.

Dickens's original illustrator, George Cruikshank in Bentley's Miscellany began the novel's serial run with a realisation of the scene in the workhouse refectory when Oliver, egged on by the other starving inmates, dares to challenge the authority of the parochial functionary by asking for a second helping. Subsequent illustrators including Harry Furniss in 1910 and Charles Pears in 1912 have included a version of the scene in their programs. [Click on illustration to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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