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Dickens and the Artists exhibition at Watts Gallery, Compton

PUBLISHED: 15:46 12 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:51 20 February 2013

Dickens and the Artists exhibition at Watts Gallery, Compton

Dickens and the Artists exhibition at Watts Gallery, Compton

A landmark exhibition exploring Charles Dickens' significant connection with the visual arts has opened at Watts Gallery in Compton.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine August 2012


A landmark exhibition exploring Charles Dickens significant connection with the visual arts has opened at Watts Gallery in Compton.


Forming a key part of the Dickens 2012 bicentenary festival, Dickens and the Artists brings together works from the eminent authors own art collection alongside key paintings inspired by his writing.


Through his novels and, importantly, his magazine, Household Words, we gain a strong impression of the writers views on art.


He admired both Old Masters and contemporary artists, forming long and close friendships with, amongst others, Clarkson Stanfield, Daniel Maclise, Frank Stone and William Powell Frith.


Among the works on display in the exhibition will be Friths celebrated portrait, Charles Dickens in his Study, as well as illustrations by the great black and white artists, including Hogarth, Robert Buss and Phiz.



  • Dickens and the Artists, Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton GU3 1DQ, until Sunday October 28. For more information, call 01483 810235 or visit the website at www.wattsgallery.org.uk.

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