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William Cosmo Monkhouse

(1840-1901), Poet and critic

Sitter in 4 portraits
Monkhouse left school at sixteen to become a clerk in the Board of Trade, rising to Assistant Secretary to the Finance Department. In 1865, he published his first volume of poetry, A Dream of Idleness, and other Poems. It was not a huge success and for some years he abandoned poetry for art criticism. Besides many contributions to The Academy, the Magazine of Art and the Saturday Review, he published volumes The Italian Pre-Raphaelites (1887), The Earlier English Watercolour Painters (1890) and In the National Gallery (1895). Corn and Poppies marked his return to poetry in 1890, containing his best pieces, perhaps the most famous of which is 'Dead March'.

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William Cosmo Monkhouse, by Harry Furniss - NPG 3592

William Cosmo Monkhouse

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3592

William Cosmo Monkhouse, by John McLure Hamilton - NPG 1868

William Cosmo Monkhouse

by John McLure Hamilton
oil on canvas, exhibited 1899
NPG 1868

William Cosmo Monkhouse, by William Strang, printed by  David Strang - NPG D38866

William Cosmo Monkhouse

by William Strang, printed by David Strang
etching, 1892
NPG D38866

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