William Watkiss Lloyd
William Watkiss Lloyd (11 March 1813 – 22 December 1893), was an English writer with an interest in fine art, architecture, archaeology, Shakespeare, and classical and modern languages and literature.
Lloyd was born at Homerton, then in Middlesex, and educated at Newcastle-under-Lyme High School. At the age of 15 he entered a family tobacco business in London, where he remained until his retirement in 1864. In 1868 he married Ellen Brooker Beale (d. 1900). He died in London.
The work for which he is best known is The Age of Pericles (1875), which is notable for its scholarship and appreciation of its period, but hampered by a difficult and at times obscure style. He wrote also:
- Xanthian Marbles (1845)
- Critical Essays upon Shakespeare's Plays (1875)
- Christianity in the Cartoons [of Raphael] (1865), which excited considerable attention from the way in which theological questions were discussed.
- The History of Sicily to the Athenian War with elucidations of the Sicilian odes of Pindar (1872)
- Panics and their Panaceas (1869)
- An edition of Much Ado about Nothing, "now first published in fully recovered metrical form" (1884) – the author held that all the plays were originally written throughout in blank verse.
A number of manuscripts remain unpublished, the most important of which have been bequeathed to the British Museum, including:
- A Further History of Greece
- The Century of Michael Angelo
- The Neo-Platonists
These are discussed in "Memoir" by Sophia Beale, prefixed to Lloyd's posthumously published Elijah Fenton: his Poetry and Friends (1894), which contains a list of published and unpublished works.
- Sidney Lee, ed. (1901). "Lloyd, William Watkiss". Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Lloyd, William Watkiss". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.; H. R. Tedder, "Lloyd, William Watkiss (1813–1893)", rev. Richard Smail, ODNB, Oxford University Press, 2004. Retrieved 26 September 2014, pay-walled.
- Lloyd, W. W. (1894). "In Memoriam. William Watkiss Lloyd, by Sylvia Beale". Elijah Fenton: His Poetry and Friends. Hanley: Allbut & Daniel. pp. 125–143.