Italy, a Poem, p. 212. by Samuel Rogers. Click on image to enlarge it.drawn by Thomas Stothard RA and engraved by J. H. Robinson. 1830. Steel engraving, 6.4 x 9.3 cm. From
The artist illustrates only the phrase “children gathering shells along the shore,” which occurs near the very opening of the poem as part of a reference to the poet Tasso:
The children gathering shells along the shore
One laughed and played, unconscious of his fate;
His to drink deep of sorrow, and, through life.
To be the scorn of them that knew him not. [212-13]
Most of the poem concerns the former greatness of Amalfi as a trading city and port, so Stothard here shows his major limitations as an illustrator — and perhaps reader — of texts.
Image scan and text by George P. Landow. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]
Rogers, Samuel. London: T. Cadell and E. Moxon, 1830.
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