The opening page of the January 1838 piracy
Thomas Peckett Prest, 1810-1859
Part 1, January 1838
Wood-engraving composite block
For the first monthly instalment of Oliver Twiss, The Workhouse Boy. Edited by Pos.
The pirated edition's opening number for January 1838 shows Oliver at a milestone with a triple X, indicating the workhouse boy is now thirty miles from London, roughly the distance from Rochester ("Mudfog") to London. The illustration of the long-headed, blonde workhouse boy is clearly a visual satire of Cruikshank's many illustrations of the eponymous character.
Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.
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