(Wolcot, John)

The poetical works of Peter Pindar, esq., a distant relation to the poet of Thebes, to which are prefixed, memoirs and anecdotes of the author.

Dublin, printed by William Porter for L. White (and others) 1791.

Reference: 06821
Price: £295 [convert currency]

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8vo. xiv + 630pp. Recent quarter calf. 19th century armorial bookplate of W.H.Nicholson, also bookplate of Peter and Linda Murray.

Collected Dublin edition of a series of satirical poems written in the 1780s by John Wolcot, a London physician who found that poetry paid better than his medical profession. For the historian of the fine arts the relevant items are his Lyric and Farewell Odes to the Royal Academicians for the years 1782, 1783, 1785 and 1786 (pp 9-133), in which the painter Benjamin West and all its other leading members are unmercifully satirised, and the opening poem in his Subjects for Painters (pp 445-506), but the poems as a whole well repay reading, particularly those that ridicule the naturalist Sir Joseph Banks, King George III’s visit to the Whitbread brewery in Chiswell Street, and the Abyssinian traveller James Bruce.

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