1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Davenant

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 46-47.



From an original Picture, late in the collection of R. Cosway, Esq. R.A.

We confess that we should not have detected "the poet" in this curious but striking head. The eyes are not unintelligent; but the face is broad and square, and is moreover encircled by a bush of hair which we cannot consent to patronize. The engraver, however, has done his part well, and has struck out a sturdy portrait. Davenant was the author of a folio of poetry, and his name is pleasantly connected with that of one or two of our greatest poets. His own verses, with the exception of some occasional stanzas, are not remarkable.