Academic journal article Dickens Quarterly

Dickens and the Artists: 19 June-28 October 2012

Academic journal article Dickens Quarterly

Dickens and the Artists: 19 June-28 October 2012

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"He had no doubt a strong natural instinct for art, and there are in many of his books descriptions ... which only a writer with an innate feeling for artistic effect could possibly have described, and he had also a very just and accurate eye, and a judgement that was entirely his own

Kate Perugini, "Dickens as a Lover of Art and Artists," Magazine of Art 27(1903): 125-30; 164-69.

Dickens and the Artists explores the significant connection between Charles Dickens and visual art. 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. His own taste in art and his views on art are manifest not only in his novels, but in his articles including those in Household Words where he publicly attacked Millais' painting of Christ in the House of His Parents (1849-50). …

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