Sotheby's musings

Identifier

Special Collections: de Beer Ec/1794/S

Publisher

London : printed by J. Smeeton, for R. Blamire

Description

Sotheby's youthful poems eagerly evoke the picturesque, and the engravings added to this second edition only heighten that sensibility. An evocation such as 'Hail, solemn wreck!' (10) does not connote praise, and the beauty of the moonlit ruin proves a refreshing tonic only to the traveller who can leave behind the dilapidation evident by daylight:

the musing mind
Oft 'mid the pensive pleasures that attend
The close of day, with many a mournful thought
Opprest, sad dwells on life's swift passing scene,
And dreams of bliss delusive. . . . (11-12)

Contributor

Smith, John, 1749-1831
Smeeton, Joseph, -1809

Spatial Coverage

Source

A tour through parts of Wales, Sonnets, odes, and other poems. With engravings from drawings taken on the spot, by J. Smith. By W. Sotheby, Esq.

Date Accepted

1794

Is Part Of

De Beer Collection copy bound with: The hermit of Warkworth. 1806.

Files

sotheby.JPG

Citation

Sotheby, William, 1757-1833, “Sotheby's musings,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed November 27, 2022, https://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/7588.