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My thanks to Penny Boumelha, Zannah Chisholm, Margaret Gibb & Paul Wolf for their support and suggestions as the site was emerging.
Thanks to lord Devon for giving the site a warm welcome and encouraging me to continue, to Felicity Harper for introducing me to the Powderham Archive and tracking material on William’s life, and to the Courtenay Society for granting me honorary life membership.
Thanks also to members of the Courtenay Society who have generously agreed to share findings from their research into William’s time in America, as well as thanks for their help to: Jeannie Terepka, Archivist of St. Michael’s Anglican Church in New York City; Joscelyn Godwin (for the information about Dussek’s Favourite Sonata); staff at the Bodleian Libraries (Sam Lindley), British Museum (Michela Bonardi), Kent Archives Service, UK’s National Archives, UK’s Parliamentary Archives (Emily Bourne, Richard Ward), and Westminster School Archives (Elizabeth Wells).
Images (from the top)
Richard Cosway: William Courtenay in masquerade dress, c1790. (This painting hangs in the Music Room at Powderham Castle.)
Richard Cosway: William Courtenay, 1793. (This miniature is now in the collection of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, England.)
Richard Cosway: William Courtenay, c1810.
Jean-Baptiste-Jacques Augustin: William Courtenay, 1824.
- 2018 May 30: first published online.
- 2019 April 19: thanks to Joscelyn Godwin added.