Documents associated with: Byron, George Gordon
Record 2 of 5
System Number: 10034
Date: 7 January 1877
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, Texas
Call Number: HRC 36
Document Type: PD/MsS
PLEASE NAME YOUR FAVORITE
NAME Maria -
COLOUR Payne's Grey -
FLOWER Calceolaria -
OCCUPATION Whittling -
RECREATION Church & Royal Academy
POET Mrs. Barbauld -
PROSE WRITER Dr. Blair -
RELIGIOUS PROSE WRITER Soloman [sic] -
NOVELIST Ouida -
CHARACTER IN HISTORY Mazeppa -
FICTITIOUS CHARACTER George Washington -
PUBLIC CHARACTER The bailiff -
SPEAKER The Speaker -
FRENCH AUTHOR Mme. de Stäel -
GERMAN POET Ella -
RELIGIOUS WORK Sir Joshua Reynolds
MUSICAL COMPOSER Sankey.
SCRIPTURE CHARACTER Michal -
VIRTUE Modesty -
AND NAME THE VICE YOU MOST DISLIKE Prevarication
J A McN. Whistler.
Jan. 7. 1877 -
2 Lindsey Houses. Chelsea
The heading and questions are printed, with dotted lines for the answers, within a simple, decorative margin. The answers were filled in by JW in pen and ink. The spelling in the heading (FAVORITE) suggests the sheet came from America.
The answers are mostly light-hearted. This name could have been chosen as a compliment one of the company who were engaged in the parlour game.
3. Payne's Grey
This well-known colour might have been considered the dominant colour in some of JW's portraits and Nocturnes.
Tropical American scrophulariaceous plants, with slipper-shaped flowers.
6. Dr. Blair
Possibly Dr Hugh Blair (1718-1800), minister [more]. He was a friend of Hume, Melville, and "Ossian" MacPherson, and his sermons were admired by Dr. Johnson as 'the best example of the style of the moderate divines of the time'.
Solomon (b. 1033 BC), third king of Israel, son of David and Bathsheba. The 'Songs of Solomon', in the Old Testament, are not, of course, prose.
'Ouida', née Louise de la Ramée (1839-1908), novelist [more]. Her novels were considered rather daring, dealing with 'dubious phases of military and fashionable life' (Oxford Companion to English Literature).
Evan Stepanovitch Mazeppa (ca 1645 - d.1709), Cossack leader [more]. He abandoned his allegiance to Peter the Great to fight for Charles XII of Sweden at the battle of Poltova. In Byron's famous poem Mazeppa, published in 1819, Mazeppa was punished for an intrigue by being tied to a horse but was rescued by peasants.
11. The Speaker
The Speaker keeps order in the House of Commons, in the British Parliament.
'Ella' may be a fictional or imaginary character.
Michal, younger daughter of King Saul, wife of David. She saved David in his distress and mocked him in his triumph.