Mr. Claypole as he appeared when his master was out

George Cruikshank, 1792-1878

Part 12, March 1838

Etching on steel

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

  • Cruikshank’s hand-colored version
  • After the beadle's romancing the workhouse matron, the widow Mrs. Corney, Dickens presents a parallel scene in which the undertaker's apprentice, Noah Claypole, enjoys an oyster supper prepared for him by the Sowerberrys' infatuated maid, Charlotte.

    Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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