Gad’s Hill Place, c1870 CDV Photos of Charles Dickens’ Kent Home

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We sold this item at auction for $275
 in September, 2023.

An extremely scarce collection of five circa 1870 CDV photos of the English home of author Charles Dickens, Gad’s Hill Place.

These images were likely photographed just a few months after his death. As such, we can get a very real picture of what Dickens’ home looked like at the time he actually lived there.

Gad’s Hill Place, Kent

Gad’s Hill Place, nestled in the picturesque countryside of Kent, England, was the beloved home of Charles Dickens. Purchased by Dickens in 1856, the imposing Georgian mansion served as his sanctuary and inspiration.

Surrounded by lush gardens and commanding views of the countryside, Gad’s Hill Place provided the perfect setting for Dickens to retreat from the bustling city and immerse himself in his writing.

In Gad’s Hill Place, Charles Dickens penned some of his most iconic works, including “A Tale of Two Cities” and “Great Expectations” and “Barnaby Rudge.” Dickens died at Gad’s Hill Place on June 9, 1870, leaving behind a legacy of timeless literature that continues to captivate readers worldwide.

The London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company

The CDV images of Gad’s Hill were published by The London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, photographers to HRH The Prince of Wales and to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. The company was founded in 1854 and pioneered stereoscopy and photography. It produced high-quality stereoviews, employing esteemed photographers like Roger Fenton.

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