Oct 22, 6:30 PM–9:00 PM
John L. Santikos Auditorium
Ticket Price: Free
When Charles Dickens wrote a wittily scathing review of Pre-Raphaelite art in 1850, his article had unexpectedly harsh results for many painters, something that astounded even Dickens himself. Yet over the next couple of decades, the author would find himself increasingly surrounded with, and influenced by, Pre-Raphaelite artists. Come and discover the story of how these artistic rebels managed to infiltrate Dickens’s own family and change his opinion. The lecture will be given by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, art historian and biographer of the artists Lizzie Siddal, Kate Perugini, and Princess Louise—and a great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles and Catherine Dickens.
Join us for a cocktail reception and book-signing following the lecture. Beer, wine, and a speciality cocktail will be available for purchase along with Hawksley's books, Dickens's Artistic Daughter Katey and Lizzie Siddal: The Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited and first-come, first-served.
About Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
Lucinda Hawksley is an author, broadcaster, and lecturer; she is also an award-winning travel writer. Her writings include Dickens’s Artistic Daughter, Katey (2018), The Mystery of Princess Louise: Queen Victoria’s Rebellious Daughter (2013), Lizzie Siddal, The Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel (2004), and many others. She is currently writing Dickens and Travel, which will be published in 2020. In 2018 Lucinda co-wrote and narrated The Real Sherlock, a six-part podcast series about Arthur Conan-Doyle, for Audible.
Lucinda is a direct descendant of Charles and Catherine Dickens and a patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London. She is the world authority on the art of Kate Perugini (née Dickens).
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