George Stovin Venables (1810-1888), Barrister and journalist
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Venables was called to the Bar in 1836, and was in legal practice for over forty years, pursuing a parallel career in journalism. For more than thirty years, he made regular weekly contributions to the Saturday Review. He also, for twenty-five years from 1857, compiled a summary of the year's events that was published in The Times on the last day of the year. Other journals to which Venables contributed include the Literary Review, the Victoria Regia and Macmillan's Magazine. He was a good friend with many leading figures of the day, such as William Thackeray, Lord Tennyson and Sir James Fitzjames Stephen.