This portrait series address the idea of fame, through the concepts of longevity, social responsibility and private intimacy. The work is restricted to observational realism, limiting deliberate deviations or exaggerations. These black and white ink drawings conjure up nostalgia for averted memories. During his first U.S. tour, in 1842, Charles Dickens was deemed as the first modern celebrity. His lectures were so widely attended that ticket scalpers started gathering outside his events. Biographer J.B. Priestly wrote that during the tour, Dickens “had the greatest welcome that probably any visitor to America has ever had.” Dickens had become so famous that people recognized him all over town, wherever he went. Even though his work is still immensely prominent in popular culture, especially during the holiday seasons, his image is no longer. Even when painted from a book cover, few in this day in age would recognize him. The portrait stands alone, separate from the origins as celebrity.