William Godwin's Diary


At the time of Godwin’s entry, Clarkson Stanfield was well known as a ‘creator of romantic landscape scenery’ and had a twelve year contract at Drury Lane from 1823. Apparently, ‘Stanfield's work especially “taught pit and gallery to admire landscape art and the boxes to become connoisseurs”, according to his friend W. M. Thackeray (DNB). In 1831 he had created a ‘moving diorama’ scene of Venice. About two weeks prior to Godwin’s entry, the king had just commissioned Stanfield for pictures of Plymouth and Portsmouth.

See the Hull Packet and Humber Mercury, 1 February 1831.