Food, glorious food: Dinner with Dickens
Charles Dickens Museum, London, until 22 April https://dickensmuseum.com Food plays an important role in the works of Victorian novelist Charles Dickens – from Oliver Twist’s pleading for more gruel in the workhouse to the decaying wedding banquet left to rot by the tragic Miss Havisham. This exhibition will explore how Dickens used food as a tool to highlight his belief in social justice. A dinner party at the Dickens household was the place to be in 19th-century London and other famous literary faces were often guests. The museum will take visitors through the preparations of such a feast and reveal how food inspired the great writer.
ABOVE: The dining room of the museum, which was Dickens’ home for two years
Dickens’ own ornate silver fruit bowl
LEFT: The author’s samovar – an urn to heat water for tea