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This pose shows Dickens at a specially-designed reading desk, reflecting a new stage of his high-profile career, that of a public reader of his works from 1858 onwards. The portrait was made at St Martin's Hall, London on 29 April 1858, the first of a series of public readings during the London season that year. He went on to tour cities including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin, where his selection included passages from 'The Pickwick Papers', 'Martin Chuzzelwit' and 'The Story of Little Dombey'.
albumen print, arched top
H 20.3 x W 15.1 cm