Charles Dickens’s Legacy to England

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Commentary

Following a painting by R.W. Buss, a series of images of Dickens appeared following his death. In this version he sits at his desk whilst images of the characters he has invented float above him and above the bookshelf partially visible behind him. Mr Pickwick appears on the desk, the others float and dance above their creator. Dickens’s works not only portrayed the home, as serial publications they also had a very intimate relationship to the home-based readership.

Themes

Boundaries and Thresholds
Identities
Labour
Physical / Emotional States

Dominant Representational Strategies

Detail

Dwelling

Type
Residential
Detail
Other / Unknown
Historical Terminology
Specified Social Level
Unspecified

Activities

Type
Intellectual, Cultural and Spritual
Physical States and Actions
Detail
Thinking
Writing
Sitting

Rooms

Type
Library / Study
Historical Terminology

Inhabitants

Type
People
Detail
Adults
Male

Objects

Type
Furniture
The Arts, Recreation and Ceremony
Detail
Supporting, Storage and Display
Seating

Bibliography

Aynsley, Jeremy and Grant, Charlotte, (eds.) Imagined Interiors, London: V&A Publications, 2006, p.151, pl 6.12

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Indirect Cross-References

Names
Date(s)
c.1870
Country
United Kingdom
Historical Region
Description
Format
Print
Type
Genre
Publication
Copyright
© V&A Images
Location
British Library
Record ID
CG1148