1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Oldham

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 55.



From an original Picture in the Collection at Strawberry-hill.

The reader has probably heard of the "remains" of Mr. JOHN OLDHAM. This is the likeness of the author. It is a fine and simple portrait. The plain dress, natural hair, and unaffected look, are altogether becoming. They are even more: they are striking merely from their simplicity; for there is not a great deal of thought in the aspect, and but little, it must be confessed, of the poet's madness in the eye. We look on the portrait as we would upon a green field, where there is little to stimulate the feeling and nothing to distract the attention, though all is graceful and full of delightful repose.