Oliver claimed by his affectionate friends

George Cruikshank, 1792-1878

1846 (originally in Part 7, September 1837)

Etching on steel

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

  • Cruikshank’s hand-colored version
  • A masterful caricature of the kinds of street people and buildings one sees throughout the seamier numbers of Sketches by Boz, the Cruikshank plate of the gang's re-apprehension of Oliver is also the subject of a much more realistic illustration by F. O. C. Darley in the Character Sketches from Dickens (1888). Undoubtedly Cruikshank's illustration was Darley's point of departure.

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