1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Churchill

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 87.



From an original Picture, in the possession of Sir Richard Phillips.

CHURCHILL, the satirist, and the enemy of our fine English painter Hogarth, has the look of a butcher; and, indeed, he cut up his enemies not as a dish fit for the gods, but mangled them after a very coarse and earthly fashion. Nevertheless, there is a good deal of nerve and bitterness in some of Churchill's anathemas, though his verses are but little read. The reader will not overlook the quick eye of the satirist in this portrait. We are afraid that we cannot direct him to any poetical part in his face.