Mr. Bumble degraded in the eyes of the Paupers

George Cruikshank, 1792-1878

Part 16, July 1838

Etching on steel

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

  • Cruikshank’s hand-colored version
  • Eight weeks gone since he married the apparently pliable Mrs. Corney, Mr. Bumble in his new capacity as Master of the Workhouse begins to sees the abandonment of wives by their husbands in a different light. Refusing to submit to his authority, she resorts to tears — to no avail, for Bumble is proof against such histrionics. She then tries a tactic designed to humiliate her new husband.

    Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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