Watts Gallery, Guildford (UK)
Tue, 19th June 2012 - Sun, 28th October 2012
Dickens and the Artists will explore the significant connection between Charles Dickens and visual art. A remarkably visual writer, Dickens grew out of a tradition where illustration formed a significant part of both serial and book. He admired artists, probably more than his fellow writers, and had long and close friendships with several, including Clarkson Stanfield, Daniel Maclise, Frank Stone and William Powell Frith. Dickens was interested in both contemporary artists and the art of the old masters which he viewed and commented on in his tours of Europe. The influence of Dickens was widespread and many artists chose to depict scenes from his novels as well as being influenced by the subjects and characterization in his novels. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication and a conference.