In 2012 the third raven to be named after Charles Dickens’ own pet arrived at the Tower of London. Dickens featured Grip in Barnaby Rudge.
The original Grip had a passion for paint, which sadly led to his death because he would tear it off furniture and eat it. Dickens had Grip stuffed and kept him nearby in his office and bought a replacement which was not so popular with his numerous children because they bit their ankles. Following the death of the great author, Grip was sold at auction.
Dickens also had a passion for geraniums and would, I guess, be delighted with the displays of them today at the Tower.