Saint Paul-Without-The-Walls, Rome. Author: Herbert Weber, Hildesheim. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence. Wikimedia Commons.

07 April 2021

“Dickens’s Dream”.

“Dickens's Dream”.
Photo credit: Charles Dickens Museum, London.

Text and Illustration from ART UK

This painting by Robert William Buss, an enthusiastic admirer of Charles Dickens’s writings, was painted five years after the author’s death in 1870.

The posthumous painting of Dickens celebrates his vivid imagination and illustrates characters from all his books, spanning 'Pickwick Papers' to 'Edwin Drood', surrounding Dickens in his library at Gad’s Hill, Rochester, Kent, England.

The setting was modelled on Luke Filde's engraving, 'The Empty Chair', and the figure of Dickens was copied from a well-known photograph by John Watkins (from 1863).

Listen to one of Charles Dickens's greatest stories, “Oliver Twist”, HERE

The Charles Dickens Museum Web-Site can be found HERE

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