Part of the celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of Dickens's birth, this exhibition explores the novelist's artistic opinions and connections.

His own taste in art and his views on it can be seen not only in his novels, but also in his journalism, particularly in his own magazine Household Words. Dickens admired contemporary artists, and had close friendships with several of them. He was also interested in the work of Old Masters, which he viewed and commented on in his tours of Europe.

Part of the celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of Dickens's birth, this exhibition explores the novelist's artistic opinions and connections. His own taste in art and his views on it can be seen not only in his novels, but also in his journalismm, particularly in his own magazine Household Words. Dickens admired contemporary artists, and had close friendships with several of them. He was also interested in the work of Old Masters, which he viewed and commented on in his tours of Europe.

As well as exploring Dickens's own views, the exhibition reveals his influence on Victorian artists, including Clarkson Stanfield, Daniel Maclise, Frank Stone and William Powell Frith, who all depicted scenes from his novels or drew inspiration from his subjecsts.

Watts Gallery – Artists' Village

Down Lane, Guildford, Compton, Surrey, GU13 1DQ

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