A lost portrait of Charles Dickens as an emerging literary star at the age of 31, officially lost for over 130 years, has miraculously turned up in a box of trinkets in South Africa! Art dealers Philip Mould & Company, formally re-identified the portrait and it is now on display in an exhibition, Charles Dickens: The Lost Portrait, running until 25 January 2019 at the Philip Mould Gallery.
Painted in late 1843 by Margaret Gillies (1803–1887) during the same weeks Dickens was writing A Christmas Carol, it was last seen in public in 1844 when exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The portrait has now returned to the UK in time for the 175th anniversary of Dickens’s Christmas masterpiece, first mentioned by the author in a letter dated to a day he was sitting for Gillies.
All proceeds from this sale will go towards fundraising £180,000 in order to secure this portrait for the nation, bringing it into the Museum's permanent collection and placing it on public display.
148 x 105 mm
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