Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry

Sol Eytinge, Jr.


Dickens's The Adventures of Oliver Twist, also, Pictures from Italy, and American Notes for General Circulation (Diamond Edition)

Although other illustrators have depicted Oliver's early life at the workhouse, far less visual material is available for Oliver's apprenticeship to the dour undertaker and his wife. Eytinge shows them as stilted, wooden figures set against a backdrop of coffins. Dickens's original illustrator was much more concerned with depicting Oliver's thrashing of his fellow-apprentice than with the bloodless Mr. Sowerberry, his coffin-shaped snuff-box, and his virago of a wife.

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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