1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Oliver Goldsmith

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 90-91.



From a Picture by Sir Joshua Reynolds, in the Collection of the Dutchess of Dorset,

Sir Joshua's portrait of GOLDSMITH, which this print has faithfully copied, has always been esteemed an admirable likeness. No one can look upon it without being sensible of the fidelity of the engraver. There is great depth of colour in the print, (to speak technically,) and much of that serious sentiment which is so remarkable in the poetry of Goldsmith. We do not perceive much of his humour, but the restraint of sitting for his likeness would probably have in some measure erased that quality from the portrait; or perhaps Sir Joshua, who was a great master in those things, preferred the more serious expression of his friend. We unhesitatingly recommend this portrait as a fine work of art.