25 of 95 portraits of Charles Dickens
by John & Charles Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1861
3 1/4 in. x 2 1/4 in. (83 mm x 56 mm) image size
Given by Phyllis Cunnington, 1962
Artistback to top
- John & Charles Watkins (active 1865-1870), Photographer. Artist associated with 334 portraits.
Placesback to top
- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (photographers' studio, 34 Parliament Street, London)
Events of 1861back to top
Current affairsDeath of Prince Albert, from typhoid fever. Queen Victoria goes into a long period of mourning, withdrawing from public duties, and becomes known by the satirical title 'Widow of Windsor'.
Art and scienceMrs Beeton's Book of Household Management is published by her husband Sidney, who successfully maintained the Beeton brand after his wife's early death seven years later. The highly popular book, containing recipes and advice for housekeeping, appealed to the Victorian belief that a woman's role was managing the home.
Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Company is founded, marking the start of the arts and crafts movement.