Hester Lynch Piozzi in Turk's Head Tavern, Gerrard Street, Soho, London - between 1770 and 1779

from Diary of Hester Lynch Piozzi, May 1806, page 1075:

Another Death!  nothing else indeed I think—the pleasant Bishop of Limerick; gay, gallant, cheerful Creature that he was—when known by name of Barnard Dean of Derry: Friend & Companion to dear little Goldsmith Reynolds, Burke, Johnson; all the old Coterie of the Turks head: where after Supper he used to sing the Song of Polypheme in Acis & Galatea.

cite as

Hester Lynch Piozzi, Diary of Hester Lynch Piozzi, May 1806. In Katharine C. Balderston (ed.), Thraliana: The Diary of Mrs. Hester Lynch Thrale (Later Mrs. Piozzi) 1776–1809. 2nd ed. , volume 2 (Oxford, 1951), p. 1075. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1543244449963 accessed: 16 May, 2022

location of experience: Turk's Head Tavern, Gerrard Street, Soho, London

Listeners

Hester Lynch Piozzi
Writer, Writer
1741-1821

Listening to

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Song of Polyphemus from Acis and Galatea
written by George Frideric Handel
performed by Thomas Barnard

Experience Information

Date/Time between 1770 and 1779
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

Thomas Barnard (bap. 1727–1806) was Dean of Derry 1769–80, and a member of Samuel Johnson’s Literary Club which met weekly for supper and conversation at the Turk’s Head tavern, Gerrard Street, Soho. He died on 7 June 1806. Since this entry in Hester Piozzi's diary precedes that of 28 May, a premature report of his death must have reached her.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 26 Nov 2018 15:00:51 +0000
Approved on Fri, 30 Nov 2018 17:32:15 +0000