Another interesting relative…

  

If you think this chap looks rather artistic, you’d be right! He’s yet another of the rather interesting relatives Jean keeps on finding in her family history researches, a nephew of her 4-greats grandfather whose picture I put up a few days ago. This one is William Bartholomew, poet and librettist (1793–1867, also a professional chemist, violinist, and painter of flowers). Fascinating. He collaborated with Mendelssohn, writing the words for ‘Oh, for the wings of a dove’ and the libretto for Elijah.  This is one of the many letters between them:

  

  

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