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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