Dickens in the Eye of the Beholder: Photographic Portraits and the Cultivation of Celebrity

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


Leon Litvack, guest curator of the 'Technicolour Dickens' exhibition at the Charles Dickens Museum, discusses Victorian photographic technology, and how Dickens made use of it to enhance his celebrity image. He offers an overview of the various photographers who captured images of the author across his career, together with an assessment of how we might “read” the various poses Dickens adopted. Leon explains how his research informed the colourisation of the images that feature in the ‘Technicolour Dickens’ exhibition.
Period03 Mar 2021
Held atCharles Dickens Museum, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Dickens, Charles
  • Photography
  • Celebrity