Technicolor Dickens

By Mal Butler Feb 2, 2024
Photographic restoration and colourising: Oliver Clyde

An exhibition of the Charles Dickens’ story, shown through the medium of Victorian colour photography, is being hosted by Dimbola Museum & Galleries in Freshwater Bay, from tomorrow (Saturday) until May 19.

The exhibition will include a film by Jamie Langton, entitled ‘Dickens’ Island’. Technicolor Dickens was originally commissioned in 2020 to mark the 150th anniversary of the novelist’s death. The museum is bringing it to the Island to coincide with it being 175 years since the publication of David Copperfield, partially written whilst the author was staying at Ventnor.

In showcasing these works, this collection will sit alongside the work of Julia Margaret Cameron.

During his time on the Isle of Wight, Dickens befriended Alfred, Lord Tennyson, who became godfather to Alfred Dickens, Charles and his wife, Catherine’s sixth child, and was named after him.