Fagin

Charles Pears

1912

11.7 x 9 cm framed

Fourth and final illustration for The Adventures of Oliver Twist in Oliver Twist, Centenary Edition (1912), facing p. 304.

Dickens's original illustrator, George Cruikshank in Bentley's Miscellany developed the iconic image of the terrified, obsessed Fagin in the condemned cell at Newgate Prison supposedly by looking in the mirror. All subsequent interpretations of this scene, including this one in the 1912 Centenary Edition and Furniss's in the 1910 Charles Dickens Library Edition are directly derived from Cruikshank's Fagin in the condemned Cell Part 23, March 1839. [Click on illustration to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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