Sonnet, to Mr. Robinson, Portrait Painter, on viewing his Exhibition of Pictures at Belfast in Ireland.

Gentleman's Magazine 77 (October 1807) 955-56.


A Spenserian sonnet signed "M., Dromore, Sept. 19" — a member of Bishop Percy's circle in Ireland. Thomas Robinson was a painter, his son, Thomas Romney Robinson (1792-1882) a poetical prodigy and later a noted astronomer. The senior Robinson was evidently in ill health, as the Gentleman's Magazine published a poem on his death in 1810.

Note: "Alluding to Juvenile Poems, by his son Thomas Romney Robinson, written before the age of 13, and published in Belfast by a very numerous subscription, of which a new edition, is now printing in London. This youth, though aged only 14 years and 5 months, is now a distinguished student in Trinity College, Dublin. See vol. LXXV. pp. 64, 359, 653" p. 956.

O thou, whose touch creative bids appear
The dear resemblance of each absent friend,
Whose faithful pencil prompts the swelling tear,
As o'er departed worth we sorrowing bend:
Accept the strain which Friendship bids ascend,
To pour the notes of Memory's grateful song—
And while the thoughts to fond affection tend,
Oh could my ardent prayers thy years prolong,
Blest with the smiles of Health, and vigour strong;
Then should thy fancy long 'mid Painting's bower
Vie with thy Romney's his own scenes among,
Then shalt thou long enjoy the Classic hour,
Whilst thy young Bard, whose rising powers expand,
Shall consecrate thy Name in many a distant land.

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