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Charles Dickens's chair which stood in the offices of the Daily News

Collection

object

Object number (per part)

DH335, 1974

Object name (per part)

chair

Production date

1846

Label

This chair was used by Charles Dickens during his brief editorship of the Daily News in 1846 and is believed to have been in the editorial office since the last century.

Other number

2322 (2009 DH object access database number)

Physical description

A wooden chair with multiple rungs supporting its back and arms.

Object history note

This chair was donated from the Daily News offices by its retiring managing director, Mr GB Crossfield. It is thought to have been in the editorial office since the last century and has been identified as the one which Charles Dickens used during his editorship of the newspaper in 1846.

The Daily News was set up in 1846 with Dickens as its first editor. However, he soon discovered that he wasn’t suited to the constant grind of daily news editorship and he stood down after less than a month, with his friend John Forster replacing him as editor. In spite of this, Dickens continued to write for the paper.

On 31 December 1974, Mr GB Crossfield visited the Charles Dickens Museum and gifted the chair to the House, along with an ivory theatre pass which Dickens used to gain access to Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, during his editorship at the Daily News (DH359), and three letters written by Dickens (one of which is A698).
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