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It was reported that Wagner would occupy himself during his winter residence in Venice by studying the relationship between art and society.
According to newspaper reports Wagner’s works were first introduced to London audiences in 1873
A marble plaque and bust commemorating Wagner can be seen on the outside wall of the palace on the Grand Canal in Venice as a celebration of his life and music. This is where the great master of music took his last breath
One journalist described Wagner's character as very similar to his father-in-law, the Abbé Litzst
One article has described Wagner as having a serious accident in 1862 where it transpired he was bitten by a dog and lost part of his thumb.
Wagner’s father died when he was only six month old and his mother began living with actor and playwright Ludwig Geyer.
There are no records to prove his mother, Johanna and Ludwig Geyer ever married but Wagner almost certainly believed Geyer was his biological father as he went by the Geyer surname until he was 14 years old.