What the Dick­ens!

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To­day, a dis­play of the orig­i­nal 1960s il­lus­tra­tions for the Lady­bird life of Dick­ens will go on dis­play at the au­thor’s Lon­don home, now the Charles Dick­ens Mu­seum, at 48, Doughty Street, WC1.

‘The Lady­bird Life of Dick­ens: An Il­lus­trated Ad­ven­ture’ in­cludes 24 works by artist John Ken­ney and the book’s ac­com­pa­ny­ing text by L. du Garde Peach. The ‘Ad­ven­tures from His­tory’ se­ries is Lady­bird’s largest, with 50 ti­tles, and Du Garde Peach and Ken­ney col­labor­rated on al­most half of them. ‘The Lady­bird book is re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing the work of Dick­ens into so many homes, so it is fit­ting that we are cel­e­brat­ing its qual­ity and bring­ing it into Dick­ens’s own home,’ says Cindy Sughrue, direc­tor of the mu­seum, which is now dressed for a Vic­to­rian Christmas (un­til Jan­uary 8, 2017) and fea­tures fur­ther sea­sonal events such as per­for­mances of A Christmas Carol. The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til April 16, 2017 (www.dick­ens­mu­seum.com)

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