“Today I lunch with Richmond, and meet Burne-Jones; tonight Browning dines with us”

Having given up going to Scotland for a summer change, RLS had started on the ‘outing’ which took the shape of a ten days’ visit to Sidney Colvin’s house at the British Museum, followed by another made in the company of Henley to Paris.

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1676.]

To his Mother [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 346-347]

British Museum [August 10th, 1886]

My dear Mother,

We are having a capital holiday, and I am much better, and enjoying myself to the nines.

Colvin lived on the left side of the British Museum [https://upload.wikimedia.org]

Richmond is painting my portrait.

RLS by William Blake Richmond, 1887 [http://images.npg.org.uk]

William Blake Richmond (1842-1921), portrait painter [http://images.npg.org.uk]

William Blake Richmond, by John Singer Sargent, [https://dg19s6hp6ufoh.cloudfront.net]

 

Today I lunch with him, and meet Burne-Jones;

Sir Edward Coley Burn-Jones (1833-1898), in 1885 [http://images.npg.org.uk]

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones and William Morris with their families, 1874 [http://images.npg.org.uk]

 

tonight Browning dines with us.

Robert Browning (1812-1889), 1885 [http://images.npg.org.uk]

That sounds rather lofty work, does it not? His path was paved with celebrities. To-morrow we leave for Paris, and next week, I suppose, or the week after, come home. Address here, as we may not reach Paris. I am really very well. Ever your affectionate son,

R.L.S.

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