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Relief - Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1878 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, Thomas Theophilus, born 1800 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    White wax

  • Museum number:

    A.25-1984

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This white wax portrait depicting Charles Dickens is made by Theophilus (Thomas) Smith in England in 1878 (?).

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was a journalist and a very popular Victorian novelist. His first novel, Pickwick Papers (1837), was an enormous success. It was followed by Oliver Twist (1839) and many other books that drew on his life experiences. As a child Dickens had grown up in poverty, and his novels deal with social injustices with compassion and humour. Dickens's novels were serialised monthly before being published in book form. He gave public readings to audiences in Britain and the United States. He was also editor of the Illustrated London News, a newspaper that reported on politics, current events and fashion.

Physical description

Portrait in white wax, showing the head of Charles Dickens facing front. Inscribed.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1878 (made)

Artist/maker

Smith, Thomas Theophilus, born 1800 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

White wax

Marks and inscriptions

'CHARLES DICKENS BRON FEBRUARY 7 1812 / DIED JUNE 9 1870....[illegible....AS THE ACT DIRECTS JULY 1878 (?) THEOPHILUS SMITH'

Dimensions

Diameter: 33.8 cm

Object history note

Given by Mr Franklin Esq., London, in 1984.

Descriptive line

Relief, white wax, portrait of Charles Dickens, by Theophilus (Thomas) Smith, English, 1878 (?)

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Gunnis, R., Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851, London, 1952, pp. 359-60
Pyke, E. J. A Biographical Dictionary of Wax Modellers. Oxford, 1973, p. 139

Materials

Wax

Categories

Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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