The painter Kate Perugini was born Kate Dickens, the daughter of Charles Dickens. She married Charles Allston Collins in 1860. He died in 1873, after which she married the Italian-born C. E. Perugini. Kate Perugini exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1877, specialising in genre and portrait painting, especially rather over-sentimental little girls. She herself features as the model for the girl in The Black Brunswicker by Millais.
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