Lantern slide portrait of Charles Dickens


Science Museum

Science Museum
London, United Kingdom

A magic lantern slide featuring a photograph of Charles Dickens (1812–1870) shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London over Christmas 1875. This slide was used to open the presentation of 'Gabriel Grub and the Grim Goblin', a production based on 'The Story of the Goblin Who Stole a Sexton' by Dickens, which appeared in 'The Pickwick Papers'.

The Royal Polytechnic Institution in Regent Street, London, was renowned for its spectacular magic lantern shows employing as many as six huge lanterns projecting large, hand-painted slides eight inches (20.3 cm) by five inches (12.7 cm).


  • Title: Lantern slide portrait of Charles Dickens
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1860/1875
  • Location Created: United Kingdom
  • Rights: Science Museum Group Collection, National Science and Media Museum

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