Fashionable arrivals in Brighton

The Sussex Advertiser and Surrey Gazette for 25th November 1856 (p.5, col.5) contains a section on fashionable arrivals in Brighton. This lists, amongst a party of musicians, Mr and Madame Ernst as staying at the Pier Hotel, and Madame Sophie [von] Todesco and Madame de Wertheimstein (the two Gomperz sisters) as staying at the Royal Albion Hotel. Hitherto, I only had hard evidence that the Ernsts knew the von Wertheimstein family in Gatstein in 1859; the list of Brighton arrivals, however, suggests that the Ernsts and Josephine von Wertheimstein could well have met three years before.

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