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Lost portrait of Charles Dickens goes on display in author’s family home

The watercolour can be seen in the room where Dickens wrote Oliver Twist.

A rediscovered portrait of Charles Dickens by Margaret Gillies has gone on display at the Charles Dickens Museum in London (Rebecca Brown/PA)
A rediscovered portrait of Charles Dickens by Margaret Gillies has gone on display at the Charles Dickens Museum in London (Rebecca Brown/PA)

A portrait of Charles Dickens which was lost for 174 years has gone on display inside the author’s family home in London.

On Monday morning, it was placed in the famous Londoner’s property in Bloomsbury – which is now the Charles Dickens Museum.

The portrait, showing the profile of the prolific novelist, was uncovered and identified after a chance discovery.

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The lost portrait of Charles Dickens by Margaret Gillies (Rebecca Brown/PA)

Found alongside a metal lobster in a box of trinkets in South Africa, the antique image had vanished from view after being displayed in the mid 19th century.

Created by portraitist Margaret Gillies, it depicts Dickens during the time in his early 30s when he penned A Christmas Carol, a novella which launched him into literary stardom and widespread popularity.

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Curator of the Charles Dickens Museum Louisa Price holds the portrait (Rebecca Brown/PA)

The museum is welcoming the long-lost portrait as it attempts to raise £180,000 to secure its future, and buy the watercolour for permanently display.

The portrait will be on display until April 7 in the room where Dickens wrote Oliver Twist.

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