[The First Reading December 1844, 58, Lincolns Inn Fields.]
Lithograph. Proof before title. Platemark: 150 x 220mm (6 x 8¾"); very large margins.
Charles Dickens' first public reading, on December 2nd, 1844 at the house of his friend John Forster at 58 Lincoln's Inn Fields. Dickens read 'The Chimes', the second of his Christmas books, in advance of publication to a select audience. Forster can be seen on the far left. The artist Daniel Maclise, from whose sketch this engraving was made, sits attentively in the centre. Other members of the audience include Thomas Carlyle, Douglas Jerrold, the actor William Charles Macready, the Reverends William J. Fox and William Harness, Blanchard Laman, Alexander Dyce and Frederick Dickens.
Sally Ledger, '"Don't be so melodramatic!" Dickens and the affective mode' in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 4 (2007)
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