The Evening Chronicle was a newspaper that ran from 1835 – 1847 and in which the Victorian author Charles Dickens published twenty sketches about London.
The Evening Chronicle was launched in January 1835, the sister paper of The Morning Chronicle. The first edition appeared on 31 January 1835 and the last on 23 July 1847. It appeared three times a week.
George Hogarth (the future father-in-law of Charles Dickens) was a journalist at the The Morning Chronicle and when the sister newspaper The Evening Chronicle was launched, he was appointed as an editor.
Charles Dickens and the Evening Chronicle.
George Hogarth commissioned Charles Dickens to write a series of articles, Sketches of London, under the pseudonym ‘Boz’. The series followed the success of his work with The Morning Chronicle. Dickens wrote twenty Sketches of London which were published between 31 January 1835 (the first edition) and 20 August 1835. The sketches were later republished under a collected edition in Sketches by Boz.
As a result of extra work Dickens’ salary at The Morning Chronicle and its sister paper was increased from five to seven guineas a week.
These are the twenty Sketches of London that Dickens wrote for the The Evening Chronicle with the publication date.
#1. Saturday 31 January 1835. Hackney-Coach Stands.
#2. Saturday 07 February 1835. Gin-Shops.
#3. Thursday 19 February 1835. Early Coaches.
#6. Tuesday 17 March 1835. London Recreations.
#7. Tuesday 07 April 1835. Public Dinners.
#9. Thursday 16 April 1835. Greenwich Fair.
#10. Thursday 23 April 1835. Thoughts about People.
#11. Saturday 09 May 1835. Astley’s.
#13. Saturday 06 June 1835. The River.
#15. Tuesday 30 June 1835. The Pawnbroker’s Shop.
#17. Tuesday 21 July. The Streets – Morning.
#19. Tuesday 11 August 1835. Private Theatres.