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The Grave of Charles Dickens, Westminster Abbey, 1870

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The Grave of Charles Dickens, Westminster Abbey, 1870

Engraving showing a large group of Victorian visitors to Westminster Abbey crowding round the grave of Charles Dickens (1812-1870), to pay their last respects to the English writer

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1812 Crowding Dickens Grave Respects Visitors Westminster


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This engraving, titled 'The Grave of Charles Dickens in Westminster Abbey, June 1870,' captures a poignant moment in literary history. The image shows a large group of Victorian visitors, numbering approximately 25, gathered around the grave of Charles Dickens in Westminster Abbey. The renowned English writer, born in 1812, had passed away just a few months earlier, on December 7, 1869. The crowd, dressed in the fashion of the era, appears deeply moved as they pay their last respects to the man who had touched their lives through his prolific and enduring works. Dickens, a master storyteller, had left an indelible mark on English literature with his novels, short stories, and journalism. His works, filled with vivid characters and intricate plots, had resonated with readers both in England and abroad. The setting of the scene is the hallowed grounds of Westminster Abbey, a historic and revered site in London. The abbey, with its rich history and connections to the British monarchy, was a fitting resting place for the beloved author. The image, dated June 1870, is a testament to the enduring impact of Dickens' works and the profound influence he had on his readers. The engraving, imported from the ILN (Illustrated London News), offers a glimpse into the past, transporting us back to a time when the loss of a literary giant was felt deeply and publicly. The image serves as a reminder of the power of literature to connect and move people, transcending time and space.

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