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Charles Kingsley

4 of 39 portraits by Lowes Cato Dickinson

Charles Kingsley, by Lowes Cato Dickinson, 1862 - NPG 2525 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Charles Kingsley

by Lowes Cato Dickinson
oil on canvas, 1862
35 7/8 in. x 35 7/8 in. (912 mm x 910 mm)
Given by George Augustin Macmillan, 1932
Primary Collection
NPG 2525


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  • Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), Novelist, Church of England clergyman and controversialist. Sitter in 45 portraits.

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An author and a leading figure in the Christian Socialist movement, Charles Kingsley's most famous works include Alton Locke (1850), Westward Ho! (1855) and The Water Babies (1863). Lowes Dickinson, the artist of this portrait, was himself an enthusiastic Christian Socialist and also painted F.D. Maurice and Thomas Hughes who were key members of the movement. This portrait, commissioned by Kingsley's publisher Alexander Macmillan, has a distinctive 'Alhambra' frame with Moresque ornament in the spandrels.

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  • I-Spy National Portrait Gallery, 2010, p. 40
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 354
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 70