1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Beattie

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 107.



From a Picture by Sir Joshua Reynolds, in the possession of Dr. Glennie.

This is a very fine portrait of our old acquaintance DR. BEATTIE, the author of "The Minstrel." He has a mild, amiable, inquiring look in the eye, but the mouth is mean and inexpressive. He was something of a metaphysician, as well as a poet. His "Minstrel" has obtained at least its due share of praise; for although it is oftener read, it falls very far short of the merit of Thomson's Castle of Indolence. It is, in comparison with that poem, common-place; but there is an amiable feeling running through it, which redeems it, and preserves its popularity. We have nothing further to urge on behalf of Dr. Beattie.