William Henry Hudson an author and naturalist, who inspired the work of Ernest Hemingway’s has been commemorated with a Green Plaque in Leinster Square, Bayswater.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1841 to British parents, he became an avid student of the local flora and fauna but left South America in 1874 and settled in Westminster.
From his rooms in St Luke’s Road he produced a series of studies on birds and was an early supporter of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
His work influenced Hemingway to such an extent that he referenced Hudson’s writings in his first novel The Sun Also Rises.
Hudson achieved fame with his books on the English countryside, which helped to foster the back to nature movement of the 1920s and 1930s.
Councillor Robert Davis MBE DL, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Heritage at Westminster City Council said: “With a town and several other public places in Buenos Aires named after him I am delighted that we here in Westminster can also do our bit to recognise Hudson and his writing, which championed the verdant beauty of the English countryside.
“To have a hand in recognising the cultural and social impact individuals such as Hudson have had on their chosen field is truly inspiring.
“I am delighted that the Green Plaque scheme offers Westminster’s diverse community a stake in recognising the City’s heritage and the people and places that have contributed to making Westminster the world class city that it is today.”
This latest commemoration marks the 119th Green Plaque sited across the City of Westminster and has been kindly sponsored by Alchemi Group.