Original Handwritten Poetry Verses by Architect Robert Ravenshaw Rogers, 1848


An original group of handwritten original verses dated 1848 by architect Robert Ravenshaw Rogers.

A series of poetic verses (including 'A Summer's Morning' and 'Happiness') by Robert Ravenshaw Rogers, composed at Thorley Hall in Hertfordshire. On four sheets, two of which have verses on both sides. One poem is  written on the verso of a mezzotint print of 'The Maiden's Choice' by T.W. Huffam after J. Stewart.

Rogers was an architect, son of the architect John Rogers, esq. who built Bollin Tower in Cheshire. Little is known about him, but at some point he emigrated to Australia, where he had a successful architecture practice, marrying a Hannah Theobolds in Melbourne in 1851. His work can still be seen in Fitzrovia, London, and in Melbourne, Australia.

Signed lower right. 'Robert Ravenshaw Rogers.' Dated 1848.
There are some marks to the papers as shown. The paper of the mezzotint and the poem on its verso has foxing, damage and water staining towards the edges.
27.6cm x 21.9cm.

This work comes from an intriguing album of pictures inscribed (in a fine copperplate hand) Mary Ann Hawke, and dated 1835. This is likely to be Mary Hawke (neé Pearse), who lived from 1810 to 1895, and who was born in Devon but emigrated to New Zealand. As well as paintings and drawings by a variety of hands, the collection also includes some original handwritten poetry verses by Robert Ravenshaw Rogers, a successful English architect who emigrated to Australia. These paintings show the wide range of treatments of floral subjects that were popular in the mid-nineteenth century. While some are relatively naturalistic studies of single plants, others are relatively stylised. Some show a variety of flowers arranged decoratively in posies. A few even create something of a 3D-effect, with cut out images superimposed on a painted background. Taken together, these works provide a fascinating picture of popular taste at the beginning of the Victorian era. 

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Product code: JH-714

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