Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
Charles Dickens (1812–1870)

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The work was created from a death mask of Charles Dickens. The artist was a sculptor, poet and founding member of the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. When Dickens died on 9th June 1870, Woolner was summoned the next day to Gad’s Hill to take a cast of his face. Woolner used the death mask to create a marble bust which was exhibited at the Royal Academy and hailed as a faithful portrait of the novelist.

In 1908, Woolner’s widow gave permission for Dickens’s publishers Chapman & Hall to take casts of the bust to sell to the public for 15 shillings. When this bust was donated to the museum in 1930, it was recorded that 'Woolner presented the bust to Francis Carr Beard' suggesting it could be an earlier cast made by the artist.

Charles Dickens Museum, London



Charles Dickens (1812–1870)




plaster painted black


H 66 x W 35 x D 27 cm

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Acquisition method

gifted, 1930

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Signature/marks description

on left side: WOOLNER SC. / 1871

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Charles Dickens Museum, London

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

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