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Henrietta T. Reubell, ca 1848/1849-after 1904

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1848/1849 ca
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Date of Death: 1904 after
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Identity:

Henrietta T. Reubell was a wealthy American socialite who lived in Paris.

Life:

Reubell held a regular salon for writers and artists at 42 Avenue Gabriel. She was a friend and loyal supporter of Oscar Wilde. She also knew Henry James well from 1876; he may have introduced her to JW. The artist William Rothenstein met JW at her salon. According to Rothenstein: 'In face and figure she reminded me of Queen Elizabeth - if one can imagine an Elizabeth with an American accent and a high, shrill voice like a parrot's. All that was distinguished in French, English and American society came at one time or another to her apartment in the Avenue Gabriel; she was adept at bringing out the most entertaining qualities of the guests at her table.'

Bibliography:

Rothenstein, Sir William, Men and Memories: Recollections of William Rothenstein …, 2 vols, London, 1931-32, pp. 81-82; Ellmann, Richard, Oscar Wilde, London, 1987; Correspondence with Henry James: http://jamescalendar.unl.edu/cal-reg.htm (accessed 25/9/03).