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by Samuel Laurencechalk, circa 184518 1/8 in. x 13 1/4 in. (460 mm x 337 mm)Given by Elizabeth ('Elsie') Newmarch, 1962NPG 4263
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Mr Boyd-Otley (Damian MacAdam Kenney)
03 January 2019, 16:05
The subject is James Kenney, father of Charles Lamb Kenney. James Kenney, 1780-1849, is my great-great-great-grandfather. James was born in Limerick, Ireland, in 1780. He was the son of another James Kenney (circa 1760-1800) who was the manager and co-founder of Boodle's Club in St James's Street London. James Kenney, of the portrait, began his working life at the banking house of HERRIES, FARQUAR & Co. It was at this time that his 'poetical and playwright' careers began to take shape. James invented the verb 'To Diddle'. James is recognised as such by the OXFORD DICTIONARY; this came from the character 'Jeremy Diddler' a main character in the farce 'Raising the Wind,' produced at Covent Garden on 5.X.1803. James married Louisa, widow of Thomas Holcroft. Louisa was the daughter of Louis Sebastian Mercier - the French writer and 'father' of science-fiction. When James died in poverty in 1849, Louisa was granted a civil list pension by Queen Victoria of 40 shillings per annum.
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