1898 March Footnotes

[1] Dr. Edward Ker Gray was Minister of St. George’s Chapel, Albemarle Street, London.

[2] Woolland Brothers was a department store located in Knightsbridge, London, next door to the world-famous Harvey Nichols store. It was closed in 1967.

[3] Harvey Nichols, founded in 1831, is a luxury British department store chain with a flagship store in Knightsbridge, London.

[4] Liberty, commonly known as Liberty’s, is a department store in the West End of London. In 1885 142–144 Regent Street was acquired and housed the ever-increasing demand for carpets and furniture. The basement was named the Eastern Bazaar, and it was the vending place for what was described as “decorative furnishing objects”. The store became the most fashionable place to shop in London, and Liberty fabrics were used for both clothing and furnishings. Some of its clientele were exotic, and included famous Pre-Raphaelite artists.

[5] The Vintage. A Romance of the Greek War of Independence by E.F. Benson. A novel which takes place during the Greek War of Independence.

[6] Apsley House, home of the first Duke of Wellington and his descendants, stands right in the heart of London at Hyde Park Corner.

[7] Trelawny of the “Wells” is an 1898 comic play by Arthur Wing Pinero. It tells the story of a theatre star who attempts to give up the stage for love, but is unable to fit into conventional society.

[8] William Woollams & Co, wallpaper seller.

[9] Hayward and Son, London’s oldest wallpaper factory established in the 17th century.

[10] Herman Gustave Herkomer (18631935), American artist, first cousin of the German-born English artist Sir Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914).

[11] Shakespeare: A Critical Study of his Mind and Art – by Edward Dowden.

[12] Denis O’Sullivan was regarded as the foremost authority on Irish music in the world. He was a Feis Ceoil adjudicator, vocalist, delegate and speaker to the Pan-Celtic Congress in Dublin, and was a delegate to the Irish national convention in 1907.

[13] Maple & Co. was a British furniture maker at 141-150 Tottenham Court Road in London, which was especially successful during the Victorian and Edwardian era.

[14] Messrs. Faraday & Sons – a gasfitting and lighting company in Wardour Street.

[15] Messrs Morant, Boyd and Morant – cabinet makers and upholsterers (me: Philip Boyd, a partner in this firm, was Kate’s father).

[16] In 1898, Trelawny of the Wells was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square.

[17] Two well-known Victorian actors in a ground-breaking production of The Merchant of Venice at the Lyceum Theatre in 1879. Henry Irving (1838–1905) became well known for his sympathetic portrayal of Shylock, while Ellen Terry (1847–1928) brought both power and tenderness to the role of Portia.

[18] Sir Isidor George Henschel (1850 – 1934) was a German-born British baritone, pianist, conductor, and composer.

[19] Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (17 December 1852 – 2 July 1917) was an English actor and theatre manager.

[20] Lewis Waller as Brutus  – William Waller Lewis (1860 – 1915), known on stage as Lewis Waller, was an English actor and theatre manager, well known on the London stage and in the English provinces.

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