Food, glo­ri­ous food: Din­ner with Dick­ens

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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

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