Famous Dr. John Hunter and his Anne Home Hunter, Poet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In 1791, when Joseph Haydn was visiting London for a series of concerts, Hunter offered to perform an operation for the removal of a large nasal polyp which was troubling the great Austrian composer. According to one account, “Haydn, on his visit to London in 1791, [wrote] folksong arrangements, including The Ash Grove, set to words by Mrs Hunter. Haydn had designs on Mrs Hunter. Her husband … had designs on Haydn’s famous nasal polyp. Both were refused.”

Nicholas Williams, “Haydn seek: The Haydn Trail, Wigmore Hall, London”, The Independent, 23 September 1997

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