The Last Chance

George Cruikshank, 1792-1878

Part 22, February 1839

Etching on steel

Twenty-second monthly illustration, The Adventures of Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress

  • Cruikshank’s hand-colored version
  • Although other illustrators have presented more satisfactory and consistent images of Sikes's companion, Bull's-Eye, Cruikshank is without equal in his depiction of the powerfully built, thirty-five-year-old burglar coolly assessing how he may yet elude capture by daring to drop from a rooftop on Jacob's Island.

    Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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