1] "[First printed in Macmillan's Magazine for November, 1867, and then included in the edition of 1870, p. 170.
The jetty, and latterly, grizzled curls (stanza 6) of George John Frederick, Viscount Cantelupe (1814-1850), the eldest son of the fifth Earl De La Warr, were long familiar to riders in the Row. He was a notable dandy and lady-killer. `Lord Cantelupe [is] the Apollo of the place [Rome]; four ladies [are] so in love that he cannot tear himself away' (Letters of Harriet Countess Granville, 1894, vol. ii. p. 348, under date of January, 1843). The late Lord Lamington had intended to give some account of this bygone notability in the sketches upon which he was engaged at his death, a portion of which were issued in 1890 with the title In the Days of the Dandies.]" (Austin Dobson's note, p. 179)
4] the Park: presumably Hyde Park, bounded in London by Bayswater Road, Park Lane, and Knightsbridge and Kensington Road.
5] Rotten Row: within Hyde Park, leading to Hyde Park Corner and just south of the Serpentine.
9] The Ladies' Mile: Serpentine Road, parallel to and north of Rotten Row and the Serpentine.
29] Pegasus: flying horse of classical legend.
34] Lady Di: Perhaps the Di of Locker Lampson's "Our Photographs."
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Original text: Frederick Locker Lampson, London Lyrics, with introduction and notes by Austin Dobson (London: Macmillan, 1904): 52-54. PR 4891 L2 A17 1904 Robarts Library.
First publication date: November 1867
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/18
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