Posted by: Aaron Lisec | February 7, 2012

Charles and Catherine Dickens in Caricature

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens (February 7, 1812), we present a sketch of the novelist and his wife Catherine, part of a series of caricatures by the Irish artist Henry Edward Doyle (1827-1892).

Charles and Catherine Dickens, from a sketch by Henry Edward Doyle. SCRC VFM 365.

Henry Doyle was the son and brother of political cartoonists John (“H. B.”) and Richard Doyle, both contributors to the British weekly Punch, to which Henry also contributed.  Henry later served as director of the National Gallery of Ireland (1869-1892).  Another brother, Charles, was the father of Arthur Conan Doyle.

Other caricatures in the small collection of Doyle sketches held by SCRC include the essayist Thomas Carlyle, Hungarian nationalist Lajos Kossuth, Italian patriot Alessandro Gavazzi, and Irish painter George Petrie.  The collection also includes a letter dated May 8, 1878, from Irish poet Denis Florence MacCarthy to his son Florence.   The connection between the letter and the sketches is unclear.

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