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Dickens's Artistic Daughter Katey (Paperback)

Her Life, Loves and Impact

Social History Biographies Literary Figures

By Lucinda Hawksley
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781526712301
Published: 3rd August 2018

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Katey Dickens was born into a house of turbulent celebrity and grew up surrounded by fascinating, famous, and infamous people. From a very young age, she knew her vocation was to be an artist.

Lucinda Hawksley charts the life of a celebrated portrait painter, who redefines our preconceptions about Victorian women. Living to be almost ninety, Katey survived an unconventional marriage, love affairs, heartbreak, depression, and the challenges of being a female artist in a male-dominated era.

Compelling and illuminating, Katey tells the story of a spirited woman who found fame at the centre of the first celebrity phenomenon; it also uncovers the reality of what it was like to be a child of Charles and Catherine Dickens. This biography of Katey, celebrating her artistic prestige – which saw her compared to Millais – is long overdue. The details of her fascinating life await rediscovery.

As referenced in part of MEET THE AUTHOR feature

WDYTYA? magazine, November 2018

As featured by

Evergreen, October 2018 (Autumn)

About Lucinda Hawksley

LUCINDA HAWKSLEY has written more than twenty books, including biographies of the Victorian artists Lizzie Siddal, Kate Perugini (née Dickens) and Princess Louise. Her other titles include Dickens and ChristmasBitten by Witch FeverLetters of Great Women and March, Women, March.


As a travel writer and former travel editor, Lucinda has long been fascinated by Charles Dickens’s travels and the ease with which he moved around the globe – as well as why this is such a little-known aspect of Dickens’s life. Lucinda is also a broadcaster, a public speaker, and a Patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London.

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