Dickens, Kate Macready

PAINTER (ENGLAND)
BORN 29 Oct 1839, London: 48 Doughty Street - DIED 9 May 1929
GRAVE LOCATION Sevenoaks, Kent: St. Nicholas churchyard (extension at the back: family grave)

Daughter of Charles Dickens, named after his friend Charles MacReady. As a child she was called "Lucifer Box" because of her temper. When Dickens divorced his wife she sided with her mother and she married the painter Charles Collins to be able to leave home. She didn't love Charles and the marriage turned out badly. Charles suffered from poor health and he died of cancer in 1873.

She had conducted a passionate affair with the painter Val Prinsep during her marriage, but the year after Collins' death she married the painter Carlo Perugini. They had only one child that died in infancy.

From 1877 onwards she exhibited at the Royal Academy. Kate was the model for Millais' painting "The Black Brunswicker" and Millais painted her portrait in 1880. She was also the person who revealed Dickens' secret relationship with the actress Ellen Ternan in "Dickens and Daughter", a book by Gladys Storey.

Family
• Father: Dickens, Charles John Huffham
• Husband: Collins, Charles Allston
• Husband: Perugini, Charles Edward
• Brother: Dickens, Charles Culliford Boz
• Brother: Dickens, Alfred Tennyson
• Brother: Dickens, Henry Fielding

Related persons
• worked as a model for Millais, John Everett
• was painted by Millais, John Everett
• was painted by Perugini, Charles Edward
• had a love affair with Prinsep, Valentine

Sources
Travel To Victorian Britain

Images

'Kate Perugini' by John Everett Millais.
(1880)

 

The grave of Kate Dickens and Charles Perugini at St. Nicholas churchyard, Sevenoaks, Kent.
Picture by Androom (06 Feb 2012)

 

The grave of Kate Dickens and Charles Perugini at St. Nicholas churchyard, Sevenoaks, Kent.
Picture by Androom (06 Feb 2012)

 

The grave of Kate Dickens and Charles Perugini at St. Nicholas churchyard, Sevenoaks, Kent.
Picture by Androom (06 Feb 2012)

 


Diday, François

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 20 Jan 2013