Collection Preview: The Free Library of Philadelphia

Coming soon to the Bridgeman archive, this collection includes a treasure trove of original illustrations, manuscripts and memorabilia related to Charles Dickens. Just in time for the 200th anniversary in February 2012. 

 

"Toby Veck." by Arthur Rackham. Pen and ink drawing for Dickens' The Chimes. ca. 1931 / Rare Book Department, Free Library of Philadelphia

 

The Free Library of Philadelphia offers one of the country's most extensive collections - more than 6 million items, ranging from books and magazines to art, music, film, and other media.

The Library specializes in the richness and depth of its special collections, such as the Year of Dickens, a 2012 showcase in celebration of the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens. Thanks to the generosity of collectors William Elkins and D. Jacques Benoliel, the Free Library possesses a unique collection of Dickens manuscripts, original illustrations, autographed letters, and other treasures, now in the Bridgeman archive.

Look for this collection in January, when Bridgeman will officially announce representation of the Free Library and the availability of their images on our website!

 

Engraved plate from Oliver Twist, illustration by George Cruikshank, 1837 / Rare Book Department, Free Library of Philadelphia
Engraved plate from Oliver Twist, illustration by George Cruikshank, 1837 / Rare Book Department, Free Library of Philadelphia

 

 

“Scrooge.” Joseph Clayton Clark, “Kyd.” Watercolor illustration for Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol / Rare Book Department, Free Library of Philadelphia
“Scrooge.” Joseph Clayton Clark, “Kyd.” Watercolor illustration for Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol / Rare Book Department, Free Library of Philadelphia

 


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