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12 Mr King's school had high prestige among professional and literary men. Dickens probably heard about it through Macready, whose sons had studied there. Other men with boys there about this time included Thomas Landseer the engraver, Cattermole the illustrator, Richard Lane the lithographer, and Lord Westbury the Chancellor. ' Ainger's biographer describes King as a man remarkable both for his scholarship and character, whose teaching methods were far in advance of his time. He hated mechanical lessons, and 'tried to make learning part of life instead of making life into learning ....
It seems appallingly young to settle the boys' future lives, but Miss Coutts as well as Dickens clearly assumes that they must begin making their dispositions so soon, and arranging that Wally be educated appropriately. So at ten he went to a military crammer's at Putney, who prepared boys for Addiscombe and India, and at thirteen for a final two years at Wimbledon, 'a great school ... ' Wally won prizes at both schools, thus justifYing his father's claim that he was 'a very steady amiable boy, of a good reliable capacity'.
Bankrupted in 1868; joined the staff of All the Year Round, which he owned and edited after Dickens's death. Mary ('Mamie') 1838-96. Educated at home by governesses. Helped keep house for Dickens in his later years; never married. Kate Macready 1839-1929. Educated with Mamie; attended artclasses at Bedford College, 1852. Married one minor artist, Charles Collins, in 1860, and another, Carlo Perugini, in 1874 (Collins having died in 1873). Walter Landor 1841-63. Educated at Mr King's, 1847-52; at Trimmer's, a military coach, 1852-4; at Brackenbury and Wynne's School, Wimbledon, 1854-7.
Dickens and Education by Philip Collins (auth.)