Oliver Escapes Being Bound to a Sweep
George Cruikshank, 1792-1878
1846 (originally March 1837)
Etching on steel
Second illustration, The Adventures of Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress
Oliver's experience in asking for more, despite the beating he took for his temerity, leads him to defend himself when he percies himself to be ill-used or ill-served by callous authority. As a chimney sweep, he probably would not have survived childhood owing to the health and safety hazards associated with how boys were deployed in the trade.
Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.
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