Oliver's reception by Fagin and the boys

George Cruikshank, 1792-1878

1846 (originally in Part 8, November 1837)

Etching on steel

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

  • Cruikshank’s hand-colored version
  • Now Oliver is revictimzed as the gang derides him in his tailor-made suit and forces him back into the rags that are the outward and visible sign of his loss of class and identity, so recently reconferred upon him. The ominous shadow of Sikes renders him doubly powerful, a possible adult identity for each of the boys in Fagin's charge.

    Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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