Graphite portrait of Charles Dickens by Alfred d'Orsay, 1842

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d'Orsay, Alfred
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This portrait of Charles Dickens was sketched on 28 December 1842 by Count Alfred d'Orsay, one of the most fashionable men of the nineteenth century. Count d'Orsay was a French amateur artist and ostentatious dandy. Charles Dickens corresponded with him and sat for portraits in 1841 and 1842. Charles Dickens who was also known for his dandified style of dress, but their friendship went beyond fashion and art with Dickens naming his sixth child Alfred after the Count. Both d'Orsay and the poet Alfred Tennyson were godparents of Alfred D'Orsay Tennyson Dickens. This portrait was the last one d'Orsay produced and was considered by him to have been his best portrait.
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‘d’Orsay fecit 28 Dec 1842’
'Dickens: the best of the two'