Happy Birthday Dickens February 1812

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E. Goddwyn Lewis (1827-1891), Charles Dickens, 1869. Pastel on paper, author age fifty-seven. Gift of Thomas W. Hotchkiss, Class of 1989. Morris L. Parrish Collection, Rare Books and Special Collections

This portrait was drawn by Lewis the year Charles Dickens (1812-1870) collapsed due to a mild stroke and was forced to give up public readings. Only one year later Dickens suffered another stroke and passed away. Very little is known about the artist, except that he moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1880, where he worked until his death.