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. Dickens was aware of this and blamed himself for her marriage. She probably didn't love Charles Collins and the marriage was probably never consummated. Charles health detoriated further and it was only in a late stage that he was diagnosed with the stomach cancer that had caused him pain for several years. Kate nursed him until he died in 1873.

She had probably conducted an with the painter Val Prinsep during her marriage, but the year after Collins' death she married the painter Carlo Perugini. She secretly married him on 11 Sep 1873 but they didn't live together until they married officially on 4 Jun 1874. Perhaps she may have thought that she was pregnant in 1873. Kate and Carlo 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
• Sister: Dickens, Mary
• 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
Explore Victorian Britain
Kate Dickens Perugini
• Hawksley, Lucinda, Charles Dickens' Favorite Daughter, The Life, Loves and Art of Katey Dickens Perugini, Lyons Press, Guilford, Connecticut, 2013

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)

 

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

 


Dickens, Mary

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 13 Jul 2014