Oliver Escapes Being Bound to a Sweep

George Cruikshank, 1792-1878

1846 (originally March 1837)

Etching on steel

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

Oliver's experience in asking for more, despite the beating he took for his temerity, leads him to defend himself when he percies himself to be ill-used or ill-served by callous authority. As a chimney sweep, he probably would not have survived childhood owing to the health and safety hazards associated with how boys were deployed in the trade.

  • Cruikshank’s hand-colored version
  • Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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