A MEETING WITH MRS RADCLIFFE (c. 1822)
CHARLES BUCKE (17811846)
For this criticism [Bucke had praised Ann Radcliffe very highly in the 1821 edition of his book] Mrs Ratcliffe was pleased to send me her thanks. Sometime after, I was invited to supper. Her conversation was delightful! She sung Adeste Fideles with a voice mellow and melodious, but somewhat tremulous. Her countenance indicated melancholy. She had been, doubtless, in her youth, beautiful. She was a great admirer of Schiller’s Robbers. Her favourite tragedy was Macbeth. Her favourite painters were, Salvator, Claude, and Gaspar Poussin: her favourite poets, after Shakespeare, Tasso, Spenser, and Milton.
[SOURCE: Charles Bucke, On the Beauties, Harmonies, and Sublimities of Nature, New Edition, 3 vols (London: Thomas Tegg and Son, 1837), vol. 2, p. 123]
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