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Dickens's Dream

Photo credit: Charles Dickens Museum, London

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This painting by Robert William Buss, an enthusiastic admirer of Charles Dickens’s writings, was painted five years after the author’s death. The posthumous painting of Dickens celebrates his vivid imagination and illustrates characters from all his books, spanning 'Pickwick Papers' to 'Edwin Drood', surrounding Dickens in his library at Gad’s Hill. The setting was modelled on Luke Filde's engraving, 'The Empty Chair', and the figure of Dickens was copied from a well-known photograph by Herbert Watkins (from 1861).

Charles Dickens Museum, London





oil on canvas


H 90.5 x W 111.5 cm

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gift, 1928

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Charles Dickens Museum, London

48 Doughty Street, London, Greater London WC1N 2LX England

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