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The Charles Dickens Museum is releasing the first of a new collection of colourised photographs of the great author, ahead of the 150th anniversary of his death on 9th June. The image shows Charles Dickens in 1859, aged forty-seven, with a warm expression, looking directly at the camera and sporting a bright yellow, green and blue Clan Gordon tartan waistcoat, over a brilliant white shirt, with light-coloured trousers, a textured navy jacket and a bow tie.

The original black-and-white collodion print chosen for today’s first image was made by photographer Herbert Watkins. The new photography and colourisation has been conducted by London-based portrait and still life photographer, Oliver Clyde.

It is the first taster of major new exhibition, Technicolour Dickens: The Living Image of Charles Dickens, to be opened at the Museum at the author’s London home as soon as COVID-19 allows.

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Comment by Tom Ruffles PhD, ARPS on June 10, 2020 at 7:58

This really messes up the historical record. I wish people wouldn't do it.

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