12 of 95 portraits of Charles Dickens
- Extended catalogue entry
Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue
by Harry Furniss
10 5/8 in. x 7 3/4 in. (271 mm x 197 mm)
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Inscriptionback to top
Signed (bottom right): Hy.F.
Inscribed in ink (along top): Chap XVII Charles Dickens/His last Readings
This portraitback to top
All six Furniss drawings catalogued here are posthumous; Furniss saw Dickens once, and then only when he was a child. Those drawings reproduced in Some Victorian Men were used to illustrate a chapter on 'Charles Dickens - as an Actor', pp 183-200.
Provenanceback to top
Purchased from the artist's sons, through Theodore Cluse, 1947.
Reproductionsback to top
H. Furniss, Some Victorian Men (1924), facing p 192, with the title, 'Charles Dickens Reading'.
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.
- Lecture: Charles Dickens and Christmas
21 December, 19:00
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