The Wrapper for January 1846

George Cruikshank, 1792-1878

Part 23, March 1839

Wood-engraving composite block

For the first monthly instalment of The Adventures of Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress

Although Dickens and Cruikshank parted company with perhaps a little ill-feeling as a result of Dickens's requiring the artist to redraft entirely the final serial illustration, The Fireside, or Cancelled Plate after the final sequences of plates had, in fact, been printed in the third volume of the Richard Bentley triple-decker, Dickens later compensated Cruikshank for any inconvenience by recommending him to Chapman and Hall for the design of the 1846 serial wrapper.

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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