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Feel Good Fridays – The Lost Portrait of Charles Dickens
29 January @ 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Historian, biographer and author Lucinda Hawksley reveals the fascinating story of the artist behind the Lost Portrait of Charles Dickens – missing for almost two centuries before it was rediscovered.
In 1843, a young Charles Dickens was painted by Scottish artist Margaret Gillies. Both sitter and artist were passionate social campaigners and their conversations helped shape the new book Dickens was writing. He was very stressed during their sittings, because his publishers had little faith in his upcoming book, A Christmas Carol, convinced it would not be a commercial success. They had insisted he should pay for most of the production costs and Dickens was panicking about his finances. A year after Gillies completed the portrait, it was exhibited at the Royal Academy to great acclaim – and then it disappeared.
Find out what happened in this session with a brief introduction from Ceitidh Hutton, secretary of the Society of Authors in Scotland, followed by a talk and Q&A with Lucinda Hawksley. This is an SoA Member event only.
5 minutes – Brief intro from Ceitidh Hutton, Secretary of the Society of Authors in Scotland
45 minutes – Welcome from historian, biographer and author Lucinda Hawksley, before discussing the fascinating story of the artist, the author and the Lost Portrait
10 minutes – Q&A with Lucinda Hawksley. Questions sent in advance and on the day
Please send any questions in advance to Anna Ganley with ‘Question – Charles Dickens event’ in the subject header.
Lucinda Hawksley – Author, biographer, historian
Lucinda Hawksley is a member of the Society of Authors, a Patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London, and the great, great, great granddaughter of Charles and Catherine Dickens. She is the biographer of the artists Lizzie Siddal, Kate Perugini (née Dickens) and Princess Louise, as well as the author of titles including Bitten By Witch Fever, Dickens and Christmas, Charles Dickens and his Circle and March, Women, March. She has just finished writing Dickens and Travel.
Ceitidh Hutton – Author
Ceitidh Hutton lives and works in the Highlands. She also writes under the name of C.C. Hutton and is better known for her Scottish Gaelic Children’s books. Grumpa agus an Latha Fuaimneach won Best Young Children’s book at the Royal National Mod 2019. Ceitidh was named on the shortlist for the Gaelic Literature Awards 2020 with her unpublished manuscript ’S toigh leam slug salach. She is registered with the Scottish Book Trust Live Literacy Programme.
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