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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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Important Notes About Your Painting:
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.
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If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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