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Desk and chair from Charles Dickens's study at Gad's Hill Place



Object number (per part)

DH105.1, 2015.4

Object name (per part)

chair seat

Production date



This mahogany pedestal writing desk and walnut and fruitwood smokers armchair were purchased by Charles Dickens in 1859 and used in the study of his home in Gad's Hill Place, Kent until his death in 1870. It was on this desk that Dickens would have penned portions of novels such as 'Great Expectations', 'Our Mutual Friend', 'Hard Times', 'A Tale of Two Cities', and the unfinished 'Mystery of Edwin Drood'. It is on display in the study at the Charles Dickens Museum.

Physical description

Mahogany desk with drawers, varnished with hinged writing slope. Engraved metal plaque attached to the underside of the slope. Leather detail (with losses) on slope and desktop. Fruit-wood chair on casters with a case seat and cut-metal repair to an ornate spoke. Original cane seat stored separately.

Credit line

Purchased with support from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Dickens Fellowship.
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