|Front of 48 Doughty St with blue medallion signifying the address of prominent London residents, in this case Charles Dickens.|
Though there was not a huge crowd at the museum, I was surprised at the steady stream of visitors. Every few minutes or so, you would hear the buzzer to request entry and the footsteps across the creaky ground floor. Never underestimate the audience of a classic author. Situated on four levels, begin with the 30-minute video that gives a background on Dickens. While at the museum, you learn of the romance in Dickens' attachment to Mary, the older sister of his brother's wife. Mary died in Dickens arms after an illness in 1837 and became a character in several of his novels.
Of particular interest and probably the best known exhibit is the portrait called Dickens Dream. The unfinished portrait shows Dickens in his study surrounded by characters from his books. The portrait and the museum is featured prominently in the Matt Damon film "Hereafter".
|Dickens' Dream portrait.|