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1851 (or later)
New York Public Library
Berg Collection. Image id: 483492
From daguerreotype taken by Mayall in 1851.
27 July 1868, The Photographic News p. 472
We referred in our notes of last week regarding the photographic portrait of Charles Dickens, and the veteran photographer, J. E. Mayall, writes:—“I note an interesting article you have written in the PHOTOGRAPHIC NEWS on * Charles Dickens.’ I took him in 1851 for the stereoscope, and made him a present of my views of the Louvre at Paris. He wrote me a characteristic answer of thanks: ‘I am deep in “Great Expectations,” but I run away every few minutes to look at myself in the stereoscope you have sent me. I begin to think I am not as good as I seem; but what a surprise did that little square box contain a series of transparencies of my beloved Louvre. How did you arrive at the notion that this is a passion?' I think Stone (Frank Stone) is in the secret, and let it out. Never mind; Bells in Regent will ring long and long to have fortunes told by the Photo-Magician, &c.”