Sketches By Boz : Sketching the City
‘Illustrative of every-day life and every-day people…’
Charles Dickens was the first novelist of the industrial city; a writer who strove to document and capture the human impact of the rapid expansion of his native city London. As an emerging writer, Dickens made his name and developed his skills through the sketch: a short narrative depicting a distinctive character that emerges from the hubbub of the city.
Under the pseudonym of ‘Boz’ Charles Dickens began his ‘first attempts at authorship’ in 1836 as he wandered around London capturing snippets and snapshots of London. He captured the stillness and calm on the London roads at dawn, he sneaks to the backstage limits of a London theatre, witnesses a pick-pocketing scene in a crowded street and describes in profound detail the daily commute on a regular omnibus.
As part of the global celebrations for Dickens 2012, the British Council will connect with the modern legacy of his work as a young man- social realist writing and street photography and illustration, art forms which show the characters who live in the rapidly changing cities of today including: Karachi, Beijing, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, Baku, New York and more.
Click here to find out how graphic novelist Zara Slattery kicked off the project in London.
Additonal projects are being held across the next few months in Greece, Korea, and the United Arab Emirates. More information will be available upon their completion.