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Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

London branch Zoom event: The Lost Portrait of Charles Dickens

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ESU London branch invites you to an evening with Dickens’s great-great-great-granddaughter, art historian and author Lucinda Hawksley.

In 1843, the Scottish artist Margaret Gillies painted a remarkable portrait of Charles Dickens – a painting that captured the author at the time he was writing A Christmas Carol. The portrait was exhibited in 1844 and then it disappeared, believed to have been destroyed, for 175 years.

Join us for what promises to be a fascinating event when Dickens’s great-great-great-granddaughter, art historian and author Lucinda Hawksley, will reveal the story of how the portrait finally came home to The Charles Dickens Museum in London. We’ll also find out more about the extraordinary life of Margaret Gillies and the conversations she had with Dickens which shaped this, his most famous book.


Thursday, 22nd April 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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free (donations welcome)
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