I was determined to write another impression, and did so, though it took me some time to get a subject. I walked down to Albert Bridge to get it, and I got it, and came back and wrote it.
I seemed to spend a great deal of time reading Wells's "William Clissold" of which I nearly finished the first vol. I also nearly finished Stendhal's "Lamiel".
|George Frederick Watts, self-portrait|
Also "The Light of the World".
|Holman-Hunt - The Light of the World|
It is all pretty dreadful, and I suppose it will remain so for years - until the repairs are at last finished. Something ought to be done about the front space on Sunday afternoons. Then we walked on to Southwark Bridge and on to London Bridge (both very empty) and had a good look at Adelaide House (by London Bridge); this is a rather remarkable office building, done under strong American influence. It is very interesting.
Adelaide House is a Grade II listed office building on King William Street, at London Bridge, in the City of London. When it was completed in 1925 it was the tallest office block in London at 43 m (141 ft). The building was named in honour of King William IV's wife Adelaide, who, in 1831, had performed the opening ceremony of the adjacent London Bridge. Adelaide House was the first building in the City to employ the steel frame technique, later widely adopted for skyscrapers around the world, and also the first office block in Great Britain to have central ventilation and telephone and electric connections on every floor. It was designed in a discreet Art Deco style by Tait & Partners, with some Egyptian influences, popular at the time after the recent discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb. There used to be a golf course on the roof. The building has been a Grade II listed building since 1972.
We also saw a number of alleys and lanes. Then from London Bridge approach we took a bus to the Bank, and at the Bank another bus to Sloane Square.
We then dressed and went to the Savoy Cafe for dinner.
|Savoy Hotel, Strand entrance 1911|
Hadn't been there since last December. Saw Golding Bright and wife. The latter started immediately to talk of the baby and thence jumped to her own baby (killed in the war I think). "He'd have been thirty today if he'd lived". She was absorbed in babies. She's 65 and thinks always of her son.
Mary Chavelita Dunne Bright (1859 — 1945), better known by her pen name George Egerton, (pronounced Edg'er-ton) was a "New Woman" writer and feminist. Widely considered to be one of the most important of the "New Woman" writers of the nineteenth century fin de siecle, she was a friend of George Bernard Shaw, Ellen Terry and J. M. Barrie. She divorced Egerton Clairmonte in 1901 and married the dramatic agent Reginald Golding Bright, fifteen years her junior. Her only child, her son George Clairmonte (born 1895), was killed in World War I. She died in London in 1945, aged 85. Bright was from a theatrical family; his brother Addison Bright was J.M. Barrie's agent; in 1901 Bright married George Egerton (Mary Chavelita), playwright; he died in 1941.