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A Wilkie Collins Chronology by William Baker (auth.)

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Recounts his and Brandling’s activities including walking “14 miles from St. ” Recounts to HC what he and Brandling have been doing. ” Asks HC for news of CAC who was spending the summer with JEM 40 A Wilkie Collins Chronology sketching at Botley near Oxford. ” 15 (Thurs) WC describes to CW the Lizard rocks: “Oh Ward! Ward! I have seen such rocks! ” He, WC, is “little better than a vagabond – only fit to wander about Cornwall” (L, I, 68–72). Mid-September WC returns from Cornwall to new home, 17 Hanover Terrace, where he lives with HC and CAC.

June 9 (Fri) July 9 (Sun) WMC still concerned about WC’s future – asks CW whether there are prospects for WC at the Admiralty. In 1843 CAC entered the Royal Academy Schools giving his father much pleasure. At the schools CAC “formed lasting friendships with William Holman Hunt (1827–1910: WHH) and especially John Everett Millais (1829–1896: JEM), and met other members of what subsequently became the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood” (ODNB, 12, 699). Death of one of WMC’s “early and well-loved friends” (Memoirs, II, 236), the great American painter Washington Allston (b.

WC writes again to Alaric Watts who called on WC on the Thursday. WC apologizes for not being at home and assures Watts that he will be remaining in London in order to “prevent any fresh mistakes in forwarding” the proofs. WC asks George Godwin (1815–1888), a distinguished architect, who edited the Builder to subscribe to the Memoirs (CL, I, 21–28). Godwin was Honorary Secretary of the London Art Union. The Art Union Journal, in addition to publishing several prints of WMC’s pictures, published an obituary, April 1847: 137.

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