Dickens Posing for Posterity: The Photographs of Herbert Watkins: Review in Dickens Studies Annual 50 (2019), p. 139: "Leon Litvack’s essay addresses the role played by photography in the establishment of Dickens’s authorial persona. In this exhaustively researched study of Herbert Watkins’s photographs of Dickens, Litvack demonstrates Dickens’s engagement with photography and the extent to which the technology facilitated “the ownership and consumption of ‘authentic’ Dickens images by a multitude of readers and admirers,” thus “enhancing his reputation” (100). Litvack details photographic studio practices, and notes that Dickens “recognized the value of photography in developing” the authorial persona—and observes that “studies of Dickens and photography are still rather few”.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-158
Number of pages62
JournalDickens Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2017


  • Dickens, Charles
  • Photography
  • Literature > Literary Criticism and TheoryLiterature > Literary History and ReferenceLiterature > 18th Century and 19th Century Literature
  • Art and Literature
  • Painting
  • Watkins, Herbert

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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