Muttering his wayward Fancies, would he rove

Muttering his wayward Fancies, would he rove by John Dawson Watson. Wood-engraving by the Dalziels, 3 13/6 x 3 1/2 inches. 1862. An illustration for Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard." Source: Wilmott, p. 182; The title — the text illustrated — appears only in the list of illustrations on p. xvii. Scanned image and text by George P. Landow. You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one. ]

Note the Hogarthian touches here: a painting labelled "Pegasus in Chains," representing imagination in bondage, the idle lapdog mirroring his master, and the bust of an ancestor that seems to be looking at the rich man, who seems to be accepting a work dedicated to him by a subservient author.


English Sacred Poetry of the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries. "A new edition." Ed. Robert Aris Wilmott. London: Routledge, Warne, & Routledge, 1863.

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