Binding with Dickens


Wednesday 6 December 12 noon

Charles Dickens became famous at the age of 24 with his first block busting novel The Pickwick Papers. Some of his success was due to the illustrator Robert Seymour (1796-1836) who, following an argument with Dickens, killed himself. The issue of Dickens role and responsibility for this suicide has been hotly contested since.

Pickwick was originally issued in serial form to be bound later by the bookbinder. The original physical structure of the first edition of Pickwick provides clues to this tragedy.

Paul Smith, who has a special interest in bookbinding, assisted by David Smith, Learning Officer, review the evidence on Seymour’s suicide. The real story behind this is not what has been widely assumed.

Tickets £5 / £3 concession – includes tea/coffee and mince pie.

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Event Details

Date: 6th December 2017

Start time: 12:00

End time: 13:30

Venue: Smith Art Gallery and Museum

Phone: 01786 471917