1903 April Footnotes

[1] Broadway, Worcestershire – then little known and remote from the railway, was the home of a small colony of artists, many of whom were, like Sargent, expatriate Americans.

[2] A stone known as the “Rufus Stone“, near the village of Minstead, is claimed to mark the spot where William II of England fell. The claim that this is the location of his death appears to date from no earlier than a 17th-century visit by Charles II to the forest.

The inscription on the Rufus Stone reads:

Here stood the Oak Tree, on which an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrrell at a Stag, glanced and struck King William the second, surnamed Rufus, on the breast, of which he instantly died, on the second day of August, anno 1100.

That the spot where an Event so Memorable might not hereafter be forgotten; the enclosed stone was set up by John Lord Delaware who had seen the Tree growing in this place. This Stone having been much mutilated, and the inscriptions on each of its three sides defaced, this more Durable Memorial, with the original inscriptions, was erected in the year 1841, by Wm [William] Sturges Bourne Warden.

King William the second, surnamed Rufus being slain, as before related, was laid in a cart, belonging to one Purkis, and drawn from hence, to Winchester, and buried in the Cathedral Church, of that City.

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