Charles Dickens

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Great Expectations, George Cooper Abbs and Cleadon House

oil portrait Charles Dickens


Until 5 October 2019 (historic exhibition)


The star of this exhibition is a portrait of the famous writer Charles Dickens on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.

A regular visitor to the North East, it is said that Dickens was inspired by a stay at Cleadon House in South Shields while writing Great Expectations.