Kate Dickens Perugini,  Lucinda Hawksley,  Millais

Kate Dickens Perugini

The Black Brunswicker, Sir John Everett Millais


Kate Dickens Perugini, daughter of Charles Dickens, served as the model for The Black Brunswicker .  The Lady Lever Art Gallery has an extended study of this painting online.

Kate, one of the ten children of Dickens, married Pre-Raphaelite artist Charles Allston Collins.  Collins’ brother, Wilkie Collins, was the author of The Moonstone and The Woman in White.  Her life has recently been captured in a vivid and poignant biography by Lucinda Hawksley, herself a descendant of Dickens.  Hawksley is also the biographer of another Pre-Raphaelite beauty, Elizabeth Siddal.

Here’s a brief article Hawklsey has written about Kate, who later married Italian artist Carlo Perugini.

Kate Perugini
Portrait of Mrs. Perugini, Sir John Everett Millais
Millais painted Kate again in this stunning portrait, Portrait of Mrs. Perugini, which was his wedding gift to her.

Kate Perugini at ArtMagick

Her first husband, Charles Allston Collins, at ArtMagick

Valentine Cameron Prinsep, with whom Katey had an affair.

Her second husband, Charles Perugini, at ArtMagick

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