Thursday, 13 August 2009
And Shall Trelawny Die?
On this day in 1881, the very long, extremely colourful and much romanticised life of Edward John Trelawny ended. The fact and fantasy of his life are outlined here. Having narrowly survived a serious murder attempt during his days with the Greek insurgent chief Odysseus, he lived another 46 years, only to succumb in the end to a fall while on his habitual morning walk. The friend and associate of the Shelley-Byron circle - and the orchestrator of the famous cremation - he had lived into the late Victorian age, long enough to pose for a world-famous Millais painting. That's him above, with his daughter Laetitia, in Millais's The North West Passage. Trelawny's ashes were, of course, interred alongside Shelley's in the Protestant cemetery in Rome, in a plot he had himself bought as a suitable resting place for them both.