Group including Clarkson Stanfield, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Augustus Leopold Egg

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Group including Clarkson Stanfield, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Augustus Leopold Egg, after Unknown photographer, 1857 - NPG x45067 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Group including Clarkson Stanfield, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Augustus Leopold Egg

after Unknown photographer
photogravure, 1857
3 1/2 in. x 5 3/4 in. (90 mm x 146 mm) image size
Given by Alfred Jones, 1924
Photographs Collection
NPG x45067

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This convivial photograph reveals Dickens's network of friends, which included the artists Clarkson Stanfield, Marcus Stone and Augustus Egg, Punch's first editor, Mark Lemon, and the novelist, Wilkie Collins. Clearly the focal character, Dickens, known for his charismatic personality, sits centre stage, in front of the group that includes his daughters, Kate and Mamie, and his sister-in-law Georgina Hogarth. Dickens was also on friendly terms with many of his fellow authors, and was particularly influenced by Thomas Carlyle.

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