Illustration of Oliver Twist by Louisa Corbaux


This rare depiction of Oliver Twist is by Louisa Corbaux, an artist known for her lithography work. Few details are given about the illustration; judging by his uniform-style clothes, bare feet and forlorn expression, it appears to represent Oliver in the workhouse. Compared with the novel’s original illustrations by George Cruikshank, Corbaux treats her subject with more sentimentality and pathos. 

According to the accompanying notes, the lithograph dates from 1851 – nearly 15 years after the first publication of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist.

Full title:
Lithography illustration of Oliver Twist by Louisa Corbaux. From the exhibition of 1851. [from the author's presentation copy of The Life of Dickens, 1872-74]
1851, n/a
Image / Illustration
Louisa Corbaux , John Forster as compiler
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British Library
Dex 316 - Vol I, part II

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