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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Jane Austen's House Museum

Jane Austen's House Museum is located in the village of Chawton near Alton in Hampshire. The museum occupies the 18th-century house (also known as Chawton Cottage) in which novelist Jane Austen spent most of the last eight years of her life. Jane Austen lived in the house with her mother, sister, and a long time family friend from 7 July 1809 until May 1817. Shortly before her death she moved to lodgings near her doctor, where she stayed for six weeks before she died. The Jane Austen House Museum is a Grade I listed building.

Jane Austen's House Museum, Winchester, UK.

Upon her arrival at Chawton Cottage, Jane Austen had already written three novels in draft form: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey. These novels may have been revised at the cottage prior to their publication. In addition, Austen wrote Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion while living at the cottage.

Jane Austen's House Museum.

Jane Austen's House Museum is located near the A31/A32 roundabout in the centre of Chawton Village. Visitors to Chawton may also like to visit nearby Winchester and view the magnificent cathedral in which Jane Austen is buried.

Jane Austen's House Museum
Chawton, Alton
Hampshire
GU34 1SD
Tel: 01420 83262

Hours: 10.30am-4.30pm

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bela Bartok Statue in Onslow Square

A life-size statue of the Hungarian composer Bela Bartok (1881-1945) stands in Onslow Square a short walk from South Kensington underground stationin London. The bronze statue on a granite base is the work of Hungarian sculptor, Imre Varga.

Bela Bartok Statue in Onslow Square, London.


Bartok visited London on a number of occasions from 1922 on. His stayed at 7 Sydney Place in South Kensington, which was the home of Sir Duncan Wilson and Lady Freda Wilson at the time. A blue plaque at the house records his stays while performing in London.

Bartok is shown in the statue wearing a trilby and overcoat. There are other statues of Bartok by the same sculptor in Brussels, Budapest and Paris.

Bartok is considered one of the most important classical composers of the 20th century. His work is full of the rhythms of Hungarian folk music, which he studied, recorded and collected during his time in Europe. Bartok fled his native country for New York in 1940 to escape the Nazis.

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