The Burglary

George Cruikshank, 1792-1878

Part 10, January 1838

Etching on steel

Tenth illustration, The Adventures of Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress

  • Cruikshank’s hand-colored version
  • The passage illustrated constitutes a "curtain" at the close of a serial instalment, in this case of chapters twenty through twenty-two, so that Dickens keeps the reader in suspense for a month, waiting to see whether Oliver will recover or expire from his wounds in a ditch, and whether he will face incarceration or return to the thieves' den as a veteran housebreaker.

    Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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