22 June 2010
[DICKENS, Charles]. HOPKINSON-SMITH, Francis (1838-1915). "48 Doughty Street." Ca 1912.
(610 x 430 mm). Charcoal on paper, signed "F. Hopkinson-Smith," laid down on board, matted, glased and framed.
A drawing of 48 Doughty Street, where Dickens boarded in 1837, and where he wrote the last chapter of the "Pickwick Papers." Today the building is home to the Charles Dickens Museum in London. This is the illustration for chapter 3 in Hopkinson-Smith's In Dickens's London (New York: Scribner's, 1916), a copy of which is included with the drawing. Hopkinson-Smith was an American author, artist and engineer born in Baltimore, Maryland, and a descendant of Francis Hopkinson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. (2)
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