Amalfi drawn by Thomas Stothard RA and engraved by J. H. Robinson. 1830. Steel engraving, 6.4 x 9.3 cm. From Italy, a Poem, p. 212. by Samuel Rogers. Click on image to enlarge it.

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:

Once among
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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