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Chatterton in Art

Creating Rowley Manuscripts

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'Chatterton's Holiday Afternoon'

Chatterton is depicted composing his Rowley manuscripts in the Muniment Room, above the North Porch of St Mary Redcliffe Church.  A truly wonderful engraving by William Ridgway, from an 1869 painting by William Bright Morris (1844-1896?). It is hard to believe that a painting with this subject matter could be lost without trace!  The engraving was first published by the Art Journal in 1875. 

My own copy of the engraving must have been removed from a broken copy of the Art Journal, as it is signed in the plate, whereas a copy printed under the heading 'Wood Engravings and Typogravures,' in Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and Drama, 1892, is unsigned, and instead has the title at the foot of the engraving.

Update: W.B. Morris was born in Salford, so I have sent an email to Salford Museum and Art Gallery asking if they have knowledge of the painting - I've had a reply: Unfortunately they have no knowledge of this artwork.

Why am I bothering with this?  Because I see everything as a crumb in the trail leading us home to the truth (and I just love discovering stuff).  (.QE!.)

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(.QE!.) This is as far as I can go with this page, unless anyone has more to add.

Links to Chatterton's Works & Correspondence

   Call it what you will, authentic, doubtful, lost, or plainly wrong - if it was linked with Chatterton it will be included in Chatterton's Works & Correspondence.  This will be the base point from which we can examine every piece of work, and add notes and links accordingly.  

Authentic Works  : View

Lost Works  :  View                                                

Works of Doubtful Authenticity   :  View

Wrongly Attributed Works   :   View

All Correspondence in Chronological Order  :   View

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