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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Dickens' Dream, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Dickens' Dream that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Robert William Buss' Dickens' Dream is a hypnotic fantasy and a testament to the creative powers of one of the most celebrated writers in the English language.
Buss' dreamscape depicts the great Victorian novelist Charles Dickens at his writing desk in his country home of Gads Hill Place in Higham, Kent. Above him, in swirling clouds of thought, are the many characters that he gave life to in his countless masterworks; 'David Copperfield', 'A Tale of Two Cities', 'A Christmas Carol', and 'Great Expectations', among others. Indeed, the house at Gads Hill was in many ways a source of his ingenuity and prowess. As a child Dickens' father took him to a number of productions of Shakespeare at the local theatre and then to the house, which had a connection to one of the young Dickens' favourite scenes involving the clown Falstaff. After becoming one of the most acclaimed living writers, Dickens bought the house, turning it into a writing retreat and commemorating the indelible impact that Shakespeare had on his creative impulse.
Buss, a painter in high demand amongst polite society, was greatly saddened to learn of the writer's death in 1870. To memorialize the great figure Buss began work on an imagined reproduction of Dickens at work, seated in his large study. Rendered in fine and incandescent watercolour, Buss' reproduction of Dickens' likeness has become closely associated with the figure and is currently prominently displayed at the Dickens Museum in London. Aiming to spending a great amount of time perfecting the colouring of his outline, the artist Buss died before he could finish Dickens' Dream, accounting for the scant colouration which, for many, imbues it with more of a rough and intense emotional charge.
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