Dickens and Art: An exploration of Dickens’ engagement with the Fine Arts

Speaker: Mark Bills, Director of Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury

Tuesday, 29 November 2022, (in-person lecture and pre-Christmas cheer; Event Number 226)

Dickens’ close relationship with his illustrators is well known and he took meticulous care to ensure that their illustrations matched his texts; so we are familiar, both in words and pictures, with Oliver Twist asking for more or Mr Peggotty’s upturned boat. Our subject today however is Dickens’ critical response to the wider art world and his friendships with artists such as Frith and Maclise; and no-one is better qualified to introduce us to Dickens and fine art than our speaker, the art historian Mark Bills.

Mark is Director of Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury, having previously worked as a curator at the Museum of London and Watts Gallery. A passionate Dickensian, he curated a major exhibition on Dickens and the Artists in 2012 and, in 2021, published new research on William Powell Frith and Dickens.

  • In aid of: Gainsborough House. Mark will update us on the progress of its exciting major development project.
  • Transport: own. Instructions with tickets. (If you do not have your own transport we shall endeavour to put you in touch with others who are coming who might give you a lift – see booking form.)
  • Start time and meeting point: 10.00 am, Coton Village Hall, CB23 7PL. Ample street parking available.
  • Tickets: Members £20, non-members £25, includes mince pies, festive punch (non-alcoholic), coffee or tea.
  • Application deadline: Thursday, 24 November 2022 at 12 noon. You will be sent instructions on how to pay on confirmation of your ticket. (Please note that tickets are not refundable.)
  • Priority will be given to members of Art Friends Cambridgeshire

To apply for a place or to contact the Organiser, please click here.