The New York Public Library, Berg Collection of English and American Literature
John Dickens (1785/6-1851) and Elizabeth Dickens (1789-1863), Charles Dickens's
Dickens maintained an affectionate loyalty to the parent he called "the
Prodigal Father." His feelings about his mother were much more ambivalent,
if not downright bitter; as she aged he could be quite dismissive, and mockingly
cruel about her harmless vanities ("got up in sables like a female Hamlet").
The remarque at lower left is a portrait (after a photograph)
of Dickens's nephew Harry Burnett.
The remarque at lower right is a later portrait of Elizabeth Dickens (again,
after a photograph), ca. 1860.