by (George) Herbert Watkins
albumen print, arched top, 1858
7 1/2 in. x 6 in. (190 mm x 152 mm)
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Artistback to top
- (George) Herbert Watkins (1828-after 1901), Photographer. Artist associated with 260 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
This portrait, along with NPG P301(20), represents the dual aspects of Dickens's high-profile career, first as a writer and then, from 1858, as a public reader of his works. They mark the assured celebrity the author had attained by this point in the mid-nineteenth century. While Daniel Maclise's early portrait of Dickens captures a romantic image of the handsome young writer enjoying the first taste of fame, Watkins records the confident stance of the established author who had already become a household name but still had the zeal to embark on a secondary theatrical career.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Characters and Caricatures: Photographs by Herbert Watkins (3 June 2013 - 17 November 2013)
- Charles Dickens: Life and Legacy (24 October 2011 - 22 April 2012)