Dickens's Dream

Image 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 John Watkins (from 1863).

Charles Dickens Museum, London



Dickens's Dream




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

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