Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.
His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.
The top of the base includes models of scenes from the tales of Dickens and Victorian England.
The etch around the base reads:
“IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES, IT WAS THE WORST OF TIMES ”