Series: Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was the son of a government clerk who experienced poverty in his early childhood much like his famous character David Copperfield. His first novel, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, was released in 20 monthly installments before publication in book form. His novels are famous for their detail and accuracy with regard to everyday Victorian life. Royal Doultons original Art Director, Charles Noke, was a great admirer of Dickens work and featured many of his characters in his new Seriesware range. Although many of the Dickens Seriesware examples carry the Noke signature, the characters are in fact based on the illustrations created by Joseph Clayton Clark. The Royal Doulton Companys infatuation with Charles Dickens can be seen in almost every aspect of the range. The characters not only come to life in Seriesware, but can also be found on Kingsware and Queensware bottle, Loving Cups, Toby and Character Jugs and Figures.
At the end of the 19th century, Royal Doulton’s original art director, Charles Noke, was busy at work creating ideas for the launch of Royal Doulton’s new Seriesware range. Characters from literature, history, folklore and music were the inspiration for many of the new patterns. Popular sports and leisurely activities such as golfing, hunting and fishing were also illustrated on a variety of ware. Seriesware patterns featuring children are among the most collected today. The list of subjects is endless and demonstrates Noke’s inherent gift for creating items with popular appeal.