|Birth: ||Sep. 1, 1839, Italy|
|Death: ||Dec. 22, 1918|
Greater London, England
Charles (Carlo) Edward Perugini was born in Naples on 1st September, 1839. He spent his childhood in England and took English nationality, but returned to Italy to study art under Giuseppe Bonolis and Giuseppe Mancinelli. He then moved onto Paris where he worked under Ary Scheffer.
He married a widow and daughter of Charles Dickens, Kate Elizabeth Macready Dickens Collins at a registry office on 11th September 1873. The witnesses, Henry Thomas Mitcham and Ernest Edward Earle, were strangers and friends and family did not attend the service. However, they did not live together after the wedding. It is assumed that the reason for this secret marriage was because Kate thought she was pregnant.
The official wedding of Carlo and Kate took place on 4th June 1874 at St. Paul's Church in Wilton Place, Knightsbridge. The only guests were Georgina Hogarth, Mamie Dickens, Francis Jeffrey Dickens, Henry Fielding Dickens and John Everett Millais . Kate's mother, Catherine Dickens, was not invited because of her conflict with her sister, Georgina. John Forster gave them a wedding gift of £150 and John Everett Millais offered to paint Kate's portrait as a wedding present. However, it took six years to finish.
They had one child, Leonard Ralph Dickens Perugini born Dec 1875; he died on 24 July 1876, at the age of seven months.
During the First World War, her husband's health began to go into decline. He suffered from angina and a problem with his bladder. Charles (Carlo) Edward Perugini, aged 79, died at his home on 22nd December 1918. His funeral was held at St. Nicholas's Church in Sevenoaks and was buried in the same grave as his baby son.
Catherine Elizabeth Macready Dickens Perugini (1839 - 1929)*
Leonard Ralph Dickens Perugini (1875 - 1876)*
St Nicholas Churchyard
Created by: Debra Polly
Record added: Oct 11, 2012
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