Lost Portrait Appeal

The Lost Portrait

Copyright Simon Bevan Photography

Please help us secure the lost portrait of Charles Dickens

We are seeking to raise £180,000 in order to secure the portrait of Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870) by Margaret Gillies for the nation, bringing it into the Museum's permanent collection and placing it on public display.

This captivating portrait was thought to have been lost for more than 150 years until it was rediscovered in South Africa in late 2017. Unlike other portraits of Dickens it is vibrant and dynamic. When she saw the portrait, the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning said that Dickens had "the dust and mud of humanity about him, notwithstanding those eagle eyes."

Letters in the Museum's archive reveal details about Dickens sitting for Gillies during the autumn of 1843, the period when he was writing A Christmas Carol. The portrait brilliantly captures both the celebrity aura and inner self-doubt at a pivotal moment in Dickens's writing career.

To read more about the rediscovery click here.


Please see below for the ways you can donate. Or to find out more about the campaign you can also contact the Museum's Director, Cindy Sughrue on cindy.sughrue@dickensmuseum.com or +44 (0)207 405 2127

Ways to donate

Donate online:

You can make a donation online at any time.
Donate online now by clicking here 

Donate by post:

This can be done by downloading this form

Donate by bank transfer:

To make a donation to the Museum directly from your bank account, please contact info@dickensmuseum.com


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