Fagin in the condemned Cell

George Cruikshank, 1792-1878

Part 23, March 1839

Etching on steel

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

  • Cruikshank’s hand-colored version
  • Although other illustrators have shown the condemned Fagin awaiting execution at Newgate, Cruikshank's treatment of both the prisoner and the physical setting remains the locus classicus because of the plate's conveying with effective economy the starkness of the chamber and the psychological unravelling of the inmate.

    Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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