"Bill Sikes and Bull's-eye"

Fred Barnard; coloured by Wm. Aikman


11.1 x 9 cm framed

Frontispiece for The Adventures of Oliver Twist in the Centenary Edition (1912)

This study of Sikes and his dog, although not realised in the original Chapman and Hall Household Edition of 1871, complements illustrations by George Cruikshank (1837-39), Sol Eytinge, Jr. (1867), James Mahoney (1871), Felix Octavius Carr Darley (1888), Kyd (Clayton J. Clarke, 1890 and 1910), and Harry Furniss (1910). But only Barnard's 1888 character study captures precisely the relationship between the vicious owner and his mistreated dog as given in Dickens's text. [Click on illustration to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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