A Frosty Morning JMW Turner

A Frosty Morning JMW Turner
A Frosty Morning is one of my favourite Turners. With thanks to Tate Britain

Friday, 1 April 2016

William's love of books

At some point William must have fallen under the spell of books for at the age of 25, newly married, he was running his own bookshop. We might pause and try to imagine what that shop might have been like. Books were expensive items. How well could a young man of modest means stock his shop? What titles might he carry? What customers may he have had? We can reach for our edition of Oliver Twist and the scene where the old gentleman is in the bookshop. Might William’s have been like that? Can we fast forward nearly two centuries to the book shop in Notting Hill run by another William in the film of that name?

Yet his father had been a Wax and Tallow Chandler and his family dealers in hides. Where might the love have come from?

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

William Smith Williams

William Smith Williams, my great great uncle, discovered Charlotte Bronte and was a rock of encouragement to her.

William and his wife Mary had eight children, among whom and whose progeny there were a number of fascinating and significant people.

Anna Williams was a celebrated singer and was Professor of Singing at the Royal College of Music in the late 19th century. Sir Arthur Dickinson was one of the founders of Price Waterhouse in the USA. Goldie Dickinson was a fellow of King's College Cambridge, mentor of EM Forster, and who worked on the formation of the League of Nations.

I am currently researching with a view to writing the story of this intriguing family and placing my research on pages on this blog.