Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Thackeray's House, Palace Gardens

Thackeray's House, Palace Gardens - photograph


A visitor entering Kensington Palace Gardens from the High Street may notice to his left the second house, of which we give a picture above. To this house William Makepeace Thackeray removed from Onslow Square in the early spring of 1862, and those acquainted with the great novelist's life will remember that it was here that he died, apparently in his sleep, on the Christmas Eve of the following year. Dickens, his great rival, has recorded the fact that the last words Thackeray corrected in print were, "And my heart throbbed with an exquisite bliss." The house is of red-brick, in the Queen Anne style; and the novelist's friends are said to have debated whether he was justified in taking so fine a dwelling. Since his day it has been enlarged and altered.