Friends of the Dickens Forum,
Once a birder, always a birder-- to however small a degree.
Harry Moscovitz passed this on to us.
If the legend on the tombstone does not come through, perhaps the
Rare Book Department of the
Philadelphia Free Library will be of assistance.
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DICK, THE BEST OF BIRDS
RARE BOOK DEPARTMENT OF THE
PHILADELPHIA FREE LIBRARY
Perhaps you are already familiar with
Grip, Charles Dickens' beloved pet raven, now making his
taxidermied home here in the Rare Book Department. But
Grip, in all his stuffed glory, tends to overshadow the
OTHER Dickens bird we have ties to: Dick! The Best of
This tombstone is for Dick, the pet canary of Mary,
Dickens's eldest daughter. Dickens made this grave marker
for him after his death at
Gads Hill on October 14. When Dickens himself died in
1870, his family moved from Gads Hill and Mary took the
grave marker with her. After Mary's death, the stone was
inherited by her sister, Kate (DIckens) Perugini. She
later presented it to Arthur Sessler, the prominent
Philadelphia book dealer who eventually gifted it to the
Free Library. Let's all take a moment to remember
possibly the best memorialized canary to have canaried,
who died #onthisday in 1866.