1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Penrose

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 92.



From an original Picture, in the possession of Dr. Penrose.

We understand that this is an excellent likeness. Nevertheless, it is not one of our best prints. It is not one of our bijoux, as Mr. — (in Foote's farce) would say, who could praise all things from a cracked cup to a coronet. On the contrary, we are so full of our sincerity, that we beg the reader to observe that our friend MR. PENROSE has indubitable full cheeks — that he is corpulent beyond question — that he has a sleek look, and an indifferent wig, and a curl on each side of his head like a cannon. What can we say of his verses after such a minute and matter of fact description? — We must leave them to the generosity of the reader.