Oliver and His Family — The Fireside Plate

George Cruikshank, 1792-1878

originally intended for Part 24, April 1839

Etching on steel

Originally, the final illustration, The Adventures of Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress

  • Cruikshank’s hand-colored version
  • At last, Oliver has a family and an identity based on his having reconnected with his mother's family through Rose Maylie, his aunt. This is the ideal Victorian ending, that is, one that involves the thorough application of poetic justice, as Fagin is condemned to death, Sikes has died by his own hand (through inadvertence or Providence), Mr. Brownlow has adopted Oliver, and Rose Maylie marries Harry, the son of the family who adopted her.

    Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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