A personal friend of Charles Dickens, Charles Kent contributed articles to Dickens’s weekly magazines Household Words and All the Year Round. Kent and Georgina Hogarth also became close friends and corresponded for many years and Kent also became closely involved in ensuring Dickens’s memory was not forgotten after his death. The newly-acquired collection of letters to Kent covers the years 1867 until 1898. Charles Kent died in 1902 and there is one letter from Georgina to his daughter on Christmas Day 1904
“Georgina Hogarth was a major figure in Charles Dickens’s life and remains a fascinating character," said Emma Harper, curator at the Charles Dickens Museum. "Despite witnessing at close quarters the controversial and often spiteful breakdown of her sister Catherine’s marriage, she remained close to Charles, continued to live for many years as his housekeeper and was greatly affected by his death. As well as being a rich source of information and insight into the life and character of Charles Dickens, the acquisition will allow us to build a fuller picture of Georgina, one of the women who supported, enabled, encouraged and advocated for his life and work."
The Museum now holds the world’s largest collection of Georgina Hogarth letters - 51 further letters are known to be held by other major collections, including the British Library, Morgan Library & Museum in New York, the New York Public Library, and Chapel Hill Library North Carolina.