An exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the death of Charles Dickens, England's greatest novelist, is being held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London from Wednesday (10 June).
GV PAN ACROSS Front of Victoria & Albert Museum.
MV sign above museum door
CV Photo of Dickens.
CV Last page of "Edwin Drood" manuscript
GV Room displaying "early life" of Dickans
CV Portrait of Dickens' wife
CV Painting of 1834 Fire at Westminster
CV "Pickwick Papers" illustrations (3 shots)
GV Display room (novels of the 1840's)
Playbill ("Used UP..Rockingham Castle) (2 shots)
CV & GV Painting of Seaside scene (2 shots)
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Background: An exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the death of Charles Dickens, England's greatest novelist, is being held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London from Wednesday (10 June).
The nucleus of the exhibition is provided by the manuscripts texts and illustrations of Dickens' novels. The museum contains the largest known collection of his manuscripts, and these...with other related material.... wee a bequest from John Forster, Dickens' biographer and life-long friend. For the exhibition they've been augmented by further material which helps relate the author's work to its contemporary setting. No English writer has left so rich a picture of Early victorian England or exercised as deep an influence on the society of his day as Charles Dickens....who died on 9th June 1870 aged 58.
The special museum displays are open-sided rooms through which the public can wander. Each represents a different period of Dickens life and works, and has its characteristic mood.
More than a third of the 600 exhibits have been lent by private owners of institutions. The list of lenders is headed by the Queen who made available three paintings and a portrait drawing of Charles Dickens.