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A marble bust of Charles Dickens by Angus Fletcher

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Object number (per part)

DH250

Object name (per part)

bust

Production person

Fletcher, Angus

Production date

1839

Label

This is the first portrait bust of Charles Dickens ever created. It was made by Angus Fletcher in 1839 and exhibited at the Royal Academy the same year. Dickens acquired the bust in 1841 but confessed it was not a good representation of himself. In a letter dated 6 August 1839, Dickens commented: 'my friends, artists and otherwise, tell me that it is not like – especially about the head'. Charles Dickens was introduced to Angus Fletcher by John Macrone, who collected literary busts; Fletcher had produced sculptures of poets Felicia Hemans, Joanna Baillie and William Wordsworth.

Other number

2250 (2009 DH object access database number)
81 (Gad's Hill Sale Catalogue (9th July 1870), Modern Pictures etc.)

Physical description

This is a marble bust of Charles Dickens.

Object history note

Although this is the earliest portrait bust to have been created of Dickens, it is not a particularly good representation. In a letter to E.J. Hytche, on 6 August 1839 Dickens commented on the bust: 'my friends, artists and otherwise, tell me that it is not like – especially about the head.’ Further to this, the reviewer of RA sculpture for the Art Union said that ‘we cannot think it like'.

Charles Dickens was introduced to Angus Fletcher by John Macrone, who collected literary busts; Fletcher had produced sculptures of poets Felicia Hemans, Joanna Baillie and William Wordsworth. The bust of Charles Dickens was produced for the Royal Academy exhibition of 1839 and was acquired by Dickens in 1841.

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ANGUS FLETCHER 1839
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