Starvation in the Workhouse

Harry Furniss

1910

14 x 9.4 cm vignetted

Third illustration for The Adventures of Oliver Twist in Oliver Twist and A Child's History of England, Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 3, facing p. 16.

Whereas Dickens's description of "Oliver's Asking for More" (Chapter 2, "Treats of Oliver Twist's Growth, Education, and Board") suggests that he succumbs to group pressure when he approaches the well-fed master of the workhouse on behalf of the entire body of starving juvenile inmates, Furniss's interpretation depicts Oliver as a plucky rebel confronting insensitive, bloated authority. [Click on illustration to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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