In February 1890 Shaw paid a visit to the Alhambra and greatly enjoyed the dancing of Vincenti, `an intelligent and cultivated and an admirable pantomimist'. He remarked especially on `the perfection of his pirouettes and entrechats' and on `his amazing revolution about the centre of the stage combined with rotation on his own longitudinal axis'. On returning home in the small hours Shaw tried to reproduce those felicities in Fitzroy Square.
Note from G.B. Shaw, from Literary Anecdotes