by John & Charles Watkins
albumen print on card, September 1863
8 in. x 6 3/8 in. (203 mm x 163 mm)
Given by M. Hutchinson, 1965
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This photograph shows Dickens in a pensive mood, and was taken at a time when he had suffered two family deaths, losing his second son, Walter, who died in India, and also his mother. A detail of this portrait was produced as a reduced-sized carte-de-visite, which could be bought by the public, satisfying an insatiable demand for photographic images of eminent and popular figures.
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (photographers' studio, 34 Parliament Street, London)
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Events of 1863back to top
Current affairsThe opening of the world's first underground railway, with the Metropolitan Railway running trains between Bishop's Street, Padington and Farringdon. Work had begun in 1860, using the 'cut-and-cover' method of construction. The Metropolitan line inspired the construction of other underground railways - the Parisian 'Metro' took its name from the line.
The Football Association is founded.
Art and scienceJulia Margaret Cameron takes up photography, taking portraits of some of the most celebrated figures of the day, with her romantic style capturing the sense of nostalgia and longing that characterised the age.
Kingsley's Water Babies; A Fairy Tale for Children is published, the hugely popular tale of drowned chimney sweep Tom's moral education in the river world of the water babies. It inspired the 1978 film starring James Mason.