Home of John Kenyon

lithograph of John Kenyon39 Devonshire Place, London was in 1836 the main home of John Kenyon, who was responsible for introducing Elizabeth Barrett (his cousin) both to Robert Browning and to William Wordsworth. On 28 May 1836, Elizabeth Barrett Browning met William Wordsworth at a dinner party hosted by John Kenyon, likely at this location. Later, EBB wrote the sonnet, "On a Portrait of Wordsworth, by R. B. Haydon." Some of the cultural figures who attended events at Kenyon's home included Charles Babbage, Charles Dickens, Benjamin Haydon, Charles Macready, Sir Anthony Panizzi, Bryan Procter, and Henry Crabb Robinson. Image: Portrait of John Kenyon by lithographer Richard James Lane, after John Collingham Moore; This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.


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Timeline of Events Associated with Home of John Kenyon

Date Event Manage
28 May 1836

Elizabeth Barrett Browning dinner with Wordsworth

On 28 May 1836, Elizabeth Barrett Browning met William Wordsworth at a literary dinner in London; EBB's cousin, John Kenyon, was the host and the event most likely occurred at Kenyon's main residence at the time:  39 Devonshire Place, London, which is right around the corner from EBB's residence at the time:  50 Wimpole Street.  See the associated map.  

portrait of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, engraving Portrait (engraving) of Elizabeth Barrett Browning