Portrait of Alfred D’Orsay published by James Fraser, 215 Regent Street.  The picture is unsigned, but is initialed “A.C.” and, as the drawing appears to be a companion picture to that of Lady Blessington, the artist is Daniel Maclise.  The portrait is entitled “Author of ‘A Journal.’”  Count Alfred D’Orsay and Lady Blessington were leaders of the “Gore House Set,” a group of intellectuals and persons of fashion who set standards of culture and taste for the period.  Dickens aspired to, and became a member of this group.  Edgar Johnson, biographer of Dickens, writes that the dandified appearance affected by Dickens was modeled after Count D’Orsay.  Lady Blessington and Count D’Orsay were also libertines who while not married, lived together, which must have outraged Victorian moralists.  Except for gambling winnings, D’Orsay had no real means of support.  When the demand for Lady Blessington’s books declined, and her inheritance was gone, the couple fell on hard times.  Their extravagant lifestyle came to an end, and Gore House was sold at auction.  Lady Blessington and the Count moved to Paris in 1849, where Lady Blessington died shortly thereafter.  D’Orsay lived until 1852.  Victorian moralists must have considered this end of the “Gore House Set” a proper comeuppance.