Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens, by (George) Herbert Watkins, 1858 - NPG P301(19) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Charles Dickens

by (George) Herbert Watkins
albumen print, arched top, 1858
7 1/2 in. x 6 in. (190 mm x 152 mm)
Purchased, 1985
Primary Collection
NPG P301(19)

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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.

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