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William Makepeace Thackeray:1846
Young Street, London

William Makepeace Thackeray lived at 13 (now 16) Young Street in Kensington. In a letter to his mother in July 1846, he described the house as roomy and comfortable. According to Thackeray's secretary Eyre Growe, Thackeray once remarked that the bowed bays that flanked the house entrance made the structure appear like a feudal castle, and added that he would “have a flagstaff put over the coping of the wall, and hoist a standard up when [he was] at home.”

At 13 Young Street, Thackeray wrote Vanity Fair, Henry Esmond and Pendennis

The house at 13 Young Street was later occupied by the painter G.B. O'Neill. He made his studio was in the ground-floor room that Thackeray had used as a study. Beneath the window a plaster entablature commemorating Thackeray's residence at the house was constructed. It was designed by O'Neill's friend Norman Shaw, and featured Thackeray's initials, the dates of his residence in the house, and the names of the three novels written there.

The entablature was removed, however, in 1904.


William Makepeace Thackeray House, 13 Young Street, South Kensington, London [28 March 1976]


Plaque at William Makepeace Thackeray House, 13 Young Street, South Kensington, London [23 March 1976]

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