These photographic prints depict Gad’s Hill Place, the house in which Charles Dickens lived from 1857 until his death in 1870. As described in John Forster’s biography The Life of Dickens, as a boy Dickens had seen the house and had been told by his father that one day, if he worked hard enough, he would be able to own the house or one like it.
The photographs were taken after Dickens’s death.
- Full title:
- Two photographic prints. Print 1. depicts the 'Drawing Room at Gad's Hill'. Print 2. depicts 'The Dining Room at Gad's Hill'. [from the author's presentation copy of The Life of Dickens, 1872-74]
- Photograph / Image
- unknown [photographer], John Forster [compiler]
- Usage terms
- Public Domain
- Held by
- British Library
- Dex 316 - Vol III, part II
- Article by:
- John Bowen
- The novel 1832–1880
The world of Great Expectations is one in which fortunes can be suddenly made and just as suddenly lost. Professor John Bowen explores how the novel’s characters negotiate and perform class in this atmosphere of social and financial instability.