Dickens's Grave, Westminster Abbey

Dickens's Grave

Westminster Abbey, London

Engraved reproduction of a water-colour drawing by S. I. Fildes

Engraved by J. Saddler

Source: Forster, II, 298

"Early in the morning of 14 June 1870, Dickens was buried in Poets' Corner. Only members of the family and a few close friends were present. As the brief service was held, the statue of Shakespeare fittingly appeared to look down. Later, as Dean Stanley recorded: 'There was a constant pressure to the spot, and many flowers were strewn upon it by unknown hands, many tears shed from unknown eyes.'" (Alan S. Watts, The Life and Times of Charles Dickens, 137)

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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