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Exhibition: Faithful Companions: Charles Dickens & his Pets

Location

Charles Dickens Museum,

48 Doughty Street, London,
WC1N 2LX

Dates

This exhibition runs from Wed, 15th May 2024 to Sun, 12th Jan 2025.

Forthcoming dates:

Sun,
26th May 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Wed,
29th May 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Thu,
30th May 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Fri,
31st May 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Sat,
1st Jun 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Sun,
2nd Jun 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Wed,
5th Jun 2024  
(10am - 5pm)

Cost: £13.13

Description

This is the first exhibition to celebrate the animals that found their way into the books and homes of Charles Dickens.

It throws a spotlight on to the dogs, ravens, goldfinches and cats who shared houseroom with the Dickens family, as well as Dickens’s horses and the animals that became characters in stories such as Oliver Twist, Bleak House and Barnaby Rudge.

Featuring handwritten letters, Dickens family picture albums, photographs and beautiful illustrations, the exhibition reveals the animals that shared Dickens’s life. It's full of tales of Dickens’s pets, including the household havoc caused by beloved raven Grip, who loved an inappropriate peck, became a character in Barnaby Rudge and was believed to have been the inspiration for Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven; and Bob the cat, who regularly put out Dickens’s reading light in a persistent bid for attention.

Many of the tales are told by Charles Dickens himself in a series of rarely-seen letters.

In the first half of the 19th century, when the Dickens family lived at Doughty Street, London had become a city full of animals, with cattle heading to Smithfield Market, dogs performing in the streets and horses pulling carts and omnibuses. A great chronicler of society, Dickens captured this Victorian profusion of animals in his stories and his journals.

48 Doughty Street is where he wrote the stories that made him an international superstar. When Dickens and his young family moved into the home in the 1830s, he was a budding author, unknown to most, but by the time the family left, Dickens was world famous, having written a trio of wildly successful novels - The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby – in his study at home.


Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.

Disclaimer

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All images are supplied by the exhibition organiser.

This exhibition runs from Wed, 15th May 2024 to Sun, 12th Jan 2025

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

May 2024

June 2024

July 2024

August 2024

September 2024

October 2024

November 2024

December 2024

January 2025

Location

Charles Dickens Museum,

48 Doughty Street, London,
WC1N 2LX

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