The Evidence Destroyed

George Cruikshank, 1792-1878

Part 17, August 1838

Etching on steel

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

  • Cruikshank’s hand-colored version
  • After all of Monks's behind the scenes manoeuvring, trying to entice Oliver into a life of crime through Fagin's blandishments, Dickens resolves the mystery of Monks's motivation, although not in Oliver's favour. Having drawn the Bumbles into his plot, Monks has apparently triumphed by destroying any proof of Oliver's being Edwin Leeford's legitimate heir: the locket and wedding ring.

    Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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