Autograph Letter Signed, thanking his correspondent for the portraits, explaining why he has been so slow with his reply. A good one page example 7 x 4 inches, mounted at corners only to backing paper, in good condition. Red Hill, Reigate, Surrey, undated. Francis William Topham (1808–1877), watercolour painter, traveller in Spain, and illustrator of Dickens. Dickens recruited Topham to his amateur theatrical company, the Guild of Literature and Art, and the painter frequently performed with Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and the artists Clarkson Stanfield and John Tenniel.