A Rossetti Family Chronology by Joanna Meacock Alison Chapman

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WMR is invited to a musical soirée, where he hears Adelaide Kemble sing ‘some Italian airs very beautifully’ (ADC 13:3). 3 (Sat) Number 3 of Hodge-Podge, containing the final instalment of ‘Reflections’ (ADC 18:12). 25 DGR writes to FMLR that he is studying anatomy (Fredeman 1:18–20). 26 CGR writes her first known letter, in Italian, to GR in Hastings. She mentions that John Temple Leader, the Radical MP, called for him yesterday (Harrison 1:3). July CGR composes ‘Corydon’s Lament and Resolution’ and ‘Rosalind’ (Crump 3:407).

In the autumn the Polidoris move from Holmer Green to 15 Park East Village, Regent’s Park. The Rossettis see the Polidoris frequently and FMLR visits daily. The Rossetti children continue to use the Polodoris’ library. GP sets up a private printing press in the garden and instructs CGR and MFR in Italian (PWCGR xlviii; SR 5–6, 30–2; Marsh 32). A1); Valancourt (FRC 108d), illustrating The Mysteries of Udolpho. January 16 May 26 (Wed) DGR sends EP drawings of a ship and men on horseback but feels unable to execute a landscape.

GR takes Italian pupils at home (SR 36). WMR leaves King’s College School (Fredeman 1:4). In the summer begins reading Shelley (SR 57). MFR aids Charles Lyell with his translation of Dante (Weintraub 12). February FMLR becomes a daily governess, leaving CGR at home alone much of the time to look after GR. MFR leaves home to be a governess to Gertrude Thynne, the five-year-old niece of Lady Bath, arranged through CP. MFR is homesick. CGR visits for short periods to teach Italian. Later this year, MFR moves on to the Read family, on or near Finsbury Pavement, while CGR takes over from her at the Thynnes ‘in some minor degree’ (Marsh 42–3; SR 38–9).

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