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More! Oliver Twist, Dickens and Stories of the City at Charles Dickens Museum from 30 June to 17 October 2021

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The Charles Dickens Museum celebrates one of Charles Dickens greatest tales in the place where it was created. An exhibition entitled More! Oliver Twist, Dickens and Stories of the City explores the characters, events, places and personal tales of triumph and tragedy that inspired and shaped the novel that made Charles Dickens a household name across the world.

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As part of the exhibition, visitors can explore the rooms of the Georgian townhouse at no. 48 Doughty Street; in particular, the study in which Dickens wrote the novel and the bedroom where Catherine’s sister, Mary Hogarth, who inspired one of the characters, died on 7 May 1837 at the age of seventeen.

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Highlights of the exhibition include

A page of Dickens’s original handwritten manuscript of Oliver Twist

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Letters concerning the book, written by Dickens at Doughty Street, including detailed instructions to his publisher and illustrator.

The preliminary drawing by George Cruikshank from which his engraving, ‘Fagin in the Condemned Cell’, was made. The earliest record of the most notable illustration of Fagin.

Autographed first editions of Oliver Twist

Unseen lockets exchanged by Dickens and Mary Hogarth, each containing locks of their hair.

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Dickens’s story has been adapted for film, television and theatre on many occasions and its themes continue to resonate in popular culture today. A recent example is in the work of artist Cold War Steve, whose surreal, satirical digital collages quickly gained a huge following of admirers. His piece, More Sir, inspired by Oliver’s plea for a second helping of gruel features in the exhibition.

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To accompany the exhibition, the Museum has created a self-guided walking tour to lead visitors to or from Doughty Street, discovering the many Oliver Twist connections on the surrounding streets. The book is steeped in this part of London; Clerkenwell Green is where Oliver discovers the true nature of Fagin’s gang and Mr. Brownlow is robbed, Saffron Hill is the site of Fagin’s den, Gray’s Inn Lane, Smithfield, the Angel and Hyde Park Corner all feature and London Bridge is the setting of an especially sinister chapter, as Nancy is stalked by Noah Claypole.

LEAVING FROM CLERKENWELL GREEN: More! Oliver Twist, Dickens and Stories of the City – Walking tour to – Charles Dickens Museum

LEAVING FROM THE MUSEUM: More! Oliver Twist, Dickens and Stories of the City – Walking tour from – Charles Dickens Museum

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Information

More! Oliver Twist, Dickens and Stories of the City
The Charles Dickens Museum, 48-49 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LX
Dates: 30 June – 17 October 2021.
Opening hours: 10am to 5pm, Wednesday – Sunday (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Charles Dickens Museum website here

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