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Charles Green RI (1840-1898)

Charles Green, RI (1840-1898)

Charles Green was a painter and illustrator of genre and historical subjects. He is now best remembered for images illustrating, or inspired by, the work of Charles Dickens.

Charles Green was born in Well Walk, Hampstead, on 17 August 1840, and baptised twice: at St John’s, Hampstead, on 4 September 1840 (possibly because he was sickly), and again at St Mary’s, Islington, on 8 April 1842. He was the youngest of five children of Henry Gilson Green, then a gentleman of independent means, and his wife, Mary Anne or Marianne (née Reynolds). Mary Anne had a number of interesting literary connections. Her mother was related to the Hamilton family, which included William Beckford; her elder brother was John Hamilton Reynolds, poet, critic, journalist, playwright, satirist, and, like Mary Anne, a friend of the poet, John Keats; their sister, Jane, was married to Thomas Hood.

Charles Green spent his early years at the house in Well Walk.

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