Adelaide, the love in the life and poetry of Ernest Dowson, Part I

 Ernest Dowson by Charles Edward Conder, pencil (c. 1890s) - National Portrait Gallery

Ernest Dowson by Charles Edward Conder, pencil (c. 1890s) – National Portrait Gallery

In two previous articles, Ernest Dowson and the Cult of Minnie Terry (in Pigtails in Paint) and Ernest Dowson and the ages of woman (in this blog), I told that in his youth Ernest Dowson worshipped little girls, in particular the child actress Minnie Terry. But this infatuation remained somewhat on the surface, it did not really move his soul. Indeed, it vanished as soon as he met the true passion of his life, Adelaide Foltinowicz, a girl he nicknamed “Missie” or “Missy”. CONTINUE READING…