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TUPPER, John Lucas (c.1826-1879). Sculptor, poet, essayist and member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

TUPPER, John Lucas c.1826-1879. Sculptor, poet, essayist and member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood


Autograph Poem Signed ("J. L. T."), four stanzas of five lines each.

1 page 4to, n.p., n.d.

A metaphorical poem about a bird, an untrustworthy lover who the author loves despite her perceived transgressions.

". . .Yes, if the bird were not our own: but if

We knew it were; and, after all its flights,

It gave its songs to us; and would not give

One note to others, and its harmless bites,

Were love - caresses, all its days and nights?

Then I would kiss the plumage of its wings

As I kiss thee; and I would make its cage

My heart: and so forgive its wanderings

It should sing ditties to me to engage

The waning hours of my latest age.. . ."

(Stanzas 2 and 3)

John Lucas Tupper contributed to the Germ and was a close friend of Frederic George Stephens, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Michael Rossetti and William Holman Hunt, godfather to Tupper's son Holman. Tupper was an anatomical draughtsman for Guy's Hospital for a number of years until 1863, after which he held the post of drawing master at Rugby School until his death.

William Michael Rossetti produced a posthumous edition of poems, Poems of the late John Lucas Tupper (1897), in the hope of "impressing his name more definitely on the upon the public memory" as he felt that he was a man with "a very considerable poetic gift of his own". This poem was not included in that publication and is presumed unpublished.

Stock Code: 11337

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