Charles Dickens

  • Henry Dexter, Charles Dickens, modeled 1842, painted plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum acquisition, 1955.9.2

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Henry Dexter created this portrait of Charles Dickens in 1842 during the author's first visit to the United States. This was a great honor for the sculptor, because Dickens granted only two artists permission to sculpt his likeness during his stay. Dexter spent time with Dickens in the hotel where he was staying, and the author's private secretary later recalled the experience: "While Mr. Dickens ate his breakfast, read his letters, and dictated his answers, Dexter was watching with the utmost earnestness the play of every feature, and comparing his model with the original.

Title
Charles Dickens
Artist
Date
modeled 1842
On View
Dimensions
28 x 20 in. (71.1 x 50.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum acquisition

Mediums
Mediums Description
painted plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Dickens, Charles – bust
  • Occupation – writer – author
Object Number
1955.9.2
Palette
Linked Open Data
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