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Augustus Hare (1834-1903)

Augustus John Cuthbert Hare (1834-1903)

A member of a well-connected ‘county’ family, Augustus Hare regarded himself as a ‘gentleman’ in a very particular sense, and would make much of his status in advancing his social and literary careers. His striking watercolours of Mediterranean and other landscapes complemented and extended his work as a travel writer.

Augustus Hare was born at the Villa Strozzi, Rome, on 13 March 1834, the youngest child of Francis George Hare of Herstmonceux, Sussex. A year later, in August 1835, he was adopted by his aunt and godmother, Maria, the widow of his uncle, Augustus William Hare. He received his early education from the Rev Robert Kilvert at Hardenhuish rectory, Wiltshire, and while there befriended Kilvert’s son, Francis, now remembered as a diarist. Ill health terminated his schooling at Harrow after a year, from 1847 to 1848, and he then studied under private tutors until he went up to Oxford, to University College, in 1853.

On graduating in 1857, Hare spent a year in Italy, returning to England to write his first guide books, anonymously authoring
Murray’s Handbook to Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire (1861) before putting his name to Winter at Mentone (1862).

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