Robert Browning, Reporting from Rome: A new temporary exhibition at the Keats-Shelley House, 22 September - 28 February
Robert Browning, Reporting from Rome, the autumn/winter temporary exhibition at the Keats-Shelley House, opens on Monday 22 September 2014 and runs till Saturday 28 February 2015 .
The exhibition examines the story of English poet Robert Browning (1812-1889) during his time living in Italy and after he left, and includes a series of portraits and artefacts loaned to us by the Provost & Fellows of Eton College, which are grouped together in our Cabinet of Curiosities. Among these items are the stunning eighteenth-century engagement ring that Browning gave to his beloved Elizabeth Barrett, and his calling-card case together with the cards he received from Charles Dickens, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and others.
The main narrative of Browning's Italian life will be woven together by a collection of fifteen autograph letters by the poet himself addressed to American sculptor William Story, which detail various aspects of society, politics, and life and the ways in which Italy influenced him during the 1850s and 1860s. These letters were presented to the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association by Mrs Waldo Story in June 1915 and will be the first time ever that they have been on public display.