Virtual Talk: Portraits for the People

£5 per person/ device 

Duration: Approx. 60 minutes

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You will be emailed joining and access instructions to the Zoom session the day before the event and periodically throughout the day for late bookers, so keep an eye out and also check your Junk/ Spam folders. Should you have any difficulties or questions, please email the Events team on 

Please note, bookings will close at 18.00 BST on the day of the event. 

Portraits for the People: Dickens’s early image

Join Dr Julian North, guest curator for the latest of our talks on special exhibition Technicolour Dickens.

In this online event Julian will talk about portraits of Dickens as a young man, especially the recently discovered miniature by Margaret Gillies. She will look at how this painting of the glamorous author, in the first flush of fame, was engraved for the masses, and became an important part of Dickens’s campaign to become the friend of his readers. Julian will show how early portraits of Dickens, including the one by Gilles, were part of a broader reaction against aristocratic portraiture in the 1830s-40s, and a movement to make portraits of literary celebrities accessible to the people.

About the Speaker

Dr. Julian North is an Associate Professor of English at the University of  Leicester. She teaches and researches in 19th-century literature, and is currently writing a book on portraits of the author in Victorian Britain.

This is a live event and you can ask questions throughout via the Q&A bar and they will be picked up in the Q&A session at the end. 

Zoom is required to take part in this talk and discussion. A link to the Zoom session will be emailed to registrants the day before the session.

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Wednesday 14th April 
19:00 BST  

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