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While admitting the technical superiority of many of the illustrations in the later editions of Dickens's works (such as those by Frederick Barnard and Charles Green), the collector and bibliophile claim for the designs in the original issue an interest which is lacking in subsequent editions; that is to say, they possess the charm of association—a charm that far outweighs possible artistic defects and conventions; for, be it remembered, these designs were produced under the direct influence and authorisation of Dickens, and by artists who worked hand in hand with the great romancer himself. ...First Start in Life—Early Productions—'Sketches by Boz'—Introduction to Dickens—First and Second Series of the 'Sketches'—Extra Plates—Additional Designs for the Complete Edition—Portraiture of Artist and Author—Historic Value of Cruikshank's Illustrations—Some Slight Inaccuracies—Frontispiece of the First Cheap Edition—Tentative Sketches and Unused Designs—'Oliver Twist'—Incongruities Detected in a Few of the Plates—Thackeray's Eulogium—Working Tracings and Water-Colour Replicas—Trial Sketches—A Note from Cruikshank to Dickens—Sketches of Bill Sikes in the Condemned Cell—How the Design for 'Fagin in the Condemned Cell' was Conceived—A Criticism by Ruskin—The Cancelled Plate—Cruikshank's Claim to the Origin of 'Oliver Twist'—Designs for Dickens's Minor Writings in Bentley's Miscellany—'The Lamplighter's Story'—Cruikshank's Last Illustration for Dickens—'Frauds on the Fairies'—The Artist's Remuneration—Death. ...It may be hypercritical to resent, on the score of inaccuracy, an occasional oversight on the part of Cruikshank; but it is nevertheless interesting to note that in the plate entitled 'Election for Beadle,' Cruikshank has omitted from the inscription on Spruggins's placard a reference to 'the twins,' the introduction of which caused that candidate to become temporarily a favourite with the electors; in 'Horatio Sparkins,' the 'dropsical' figure of seven (see label on right) is followed by a little '1/2d.' instead of the diminutive '3/4d.' mentioned in the text; in 'The Pawnbroker's Shop' it will be observed that the words 'Money Lent' on the glass door shouldPg 7