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AUBREY DE VERE                             241
of everything) made their nests there — among them George du Maurier, Holliday, the late lamented John Pettie, and Edwin Long. One often met Du Maurier on the Heath, selecting bits of the landscape for his Punch illustrations. How charming the originals of these are few know. We once had his house for a month: the stairway was lined with the drawings for the Punch reproductions, and as a result my journeys up and down stairs took many a half-hour.
The Heath is reminiscent to me of many friends, prominent among them that rarest of minds, Aubrey de Vere, to whom I owe many happy walks over its bracken and heather. His love for everything beautiful in art and nature made his influence especially refining and his conversations as charming as his essays and poems. To hear him speak of his friends Sir Henry Taylor and Wordsworth gave one a new and even higher impression of both. Through him I became acquainted with Sir Henry Taylor's noble plays. I shall always be his debtor for the refreshing pleasure I had in reading "Philip van Arteveldt" and "The Sicilian Summer." We visited together the National Gallery several times. He liked to select some of our favorite pictures