Photos related to Charles Dickens in honor of his 205th birthday.
British author Charles Dickens in an undated photo.
Shown at Sotheby's in December 1930, this portrait of writer Charles Dickens by Stephen Humble was probably painted in the days when the young Dickens was frequenting the stages of London both as an actor and as playwright.
This photo released by Christie's Images shows Sir Luke Fildes' (1843-1927) haunting engraving "The Empty Chair, Gad's Hill" on June 9, 1870. The engraving was published in the Christmas edition of The Graphic in 1870 and shows Charles Dickens' desk and chair abandoned in his study, lamenting the death of the great author.
English author Charles Dickens' writing desk and chair went up for auction at Christie's auction house in London in 2008 and was sold for about $1 million to an Irish collector, on April 2, 2008.
The 2011 2-pound sterling coin has on one side an image of Charles Dickens and on the other the Queen's head and was created to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth on Feb. 7, 1812.
An employee works to restore a watchman's box, on Dec. 7, 2011, used outside the residence of British author Charles Dickens at Furnivals Inn as part of the Dickens and London Exhibition at the London Museum in preparation for the 200th anniversary of Dickens' birth on Feb. 7, 2012.
Townsfolk in typical Dickensian dress are seen during an annual Dickens Festival in the small historic town of Bronkhorst in the Netherlands on Dec. 13, 2008.
Charles Dickens sits in an 1861 photo engraved by Stodart from a photo by Watkins provided by the New York Library.
An employee poses with a painting titled "Dickens's Dream" by Robert Williams Buss as part of the Dickens and London Exhibition at the London Museum on Dec. 7, 2011, to mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth on Feb. 7, 2012.
Visitors ride a boat through the new Dickens World, a Charles Dickens-themed amusement park in Chatham Maritime, southern England, in which visitors can step back into the urban streets, sounds and smells of 19th century England, on Apr. 18, 2007.
This dilapidated brick building in central London -- a workhouse where the city's destitute labored for rations of gruel -- is what historians believe its neighbor and author Charles Dickens used as inspiration for his novel "Oliver Twist," on Feb. 24, 2011.
A fireman is seen at Bleak House, in Broadstairs, Kent, the former home of novelist Charles Dickens, on Apr. 10, 2006.
A page from the original manuscript of the "Pickwick Papers," Charles Dickens' first novel, contains a comedic scene between Pickwick's valet, Sam Weller, and a gentleman, John Smauker, Feb. 27, 2008.
Bleak House, the one-time home of Victorian author Charles Dickens, on April 10, 2006.