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The Difficulty of Capturing Dickens
Although Frith revisited his portrait of Dickens many times, it seems that he may not have enjoyed painting the picture but instead found it a challenging task. In this letter, Frith writes that he will exhibit a ‘portrait of Charles Dickens whose troublesome face I shall remember to the day of my death’. Even accomplished artists like Frith struggled to capture the dynamism of Dickens.
Manuscript letter from William Powell Frith to C.F. Pangar, 1859.
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