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Katherine P. Hurlbert, m. 1884

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Katherine P. Hurlbert, née Tracy, was the wife of the journalist, editor and author William Henry Hurlbert. They married in 1884.


K. P. Hurlbert and her husband, who was editor-in-chief of the New York World from 1876 to 1883 and an anti-slavery campaigner, lived in London at 121 Queen's Gate, S.W. in 1887, and at 12 Southwell Gardens, Cromwell Road, S.W. in 1888.

The Hurlberts were very friendly with JW. In 1887 JW gave K. P. Hurlbert a specially bound album of the 'Naval Review set', 1887 (K. 316-331), after her husband had aided the Society of British Artists in its bid to receive a Royal charter. She wrote to JW: 'I really am quite over come with your most beautiful present! Any thing so exquisite I never before possessed for my very own, & I shall leave it at my decease, to my little great niece' (#02206). W. H. Hurlbert wrote to JW: 'You have made my wife the proudest creature alive with her royal album!' (#02219).

In December 1887 both W. H. and K. P. Hurlbert were included in a guest list by JW to a private viewing of the RBA winter exhibition (#13403).


Holland, Merlin and Rupert Hart-Davis, eds, The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, London, 2000; Lang, Cecil Y., The Swinburne Letters, 6 vols, New Haven, 1959, p. 136.