Viscount Allen (1782-1845)

Among the men who most suffered by play was Viscount Allen, or ‚ King Allen,‘ as he was called. This effeminate dandy had fought like a young lion in Spain; for the dandies, foolish as they looked, never wanted pluck.

The‘ King‘ then lounged about town, grew fat, lost his all, and withdrew to Dublin, where, in Merrion-square, he slept behind a large brass plate with ‚ Viscount Allen‘ upon it, which was as good to him as board wages, for it brought endless invitations from people eager to feed a viscount at any hour of the day or night, although King Alien had more ready ability in uttering disagreeable than witty things.

From: John Timbs: Club Life of London. Vol. 1. London: Bentley (1866)

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Melanie Grundmann

Dr. Melanie Grundmann ist Kulturwissenschaftlerin und beschäftigt sich in Büchern, bloggend und in Vorträgen mit dem Phänomen des Dandys. Zuletzt erschien das von ihr herausgegebene "Dandy-Kochbuch. Originalrezepte für Männer mit Stil" bei Rogner & Bernhardt.

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