an accomplished writer of verse of the lighter kind, with a particular fondness for French forms; many of his best‐known poems evoke the courtly elegance of French society of the 18th cent. His collections include Vignettes in Rhyme (1873), Proverbs in Porcelain (1877), and At the Sign of the Lyre (1885). His knowledge of the 18th cent. was also displayed in prose biographies of Hogarth (1879), Steele (1886), Goldsmith (1888), Horace Walpole (1890), S. Richardson (1902), and F. Burney (1903). He also published three series of Eighteenth Century Vignettes (1892–/4/–6), besides several volumes of collected essays.