Death of a Wombat

Not long ago, Arbiter of Style Megan was editing our soon-to-be-reprinted monograph Rossetti—as in Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the Pre-Raphaelite painter/poet—when she came across the following sketch, created to honor the passing of the artist’s pet wombat:

Apparently Rossetti kept many exotic beasts as pets over the course of his life, but he reserved a special place in his heart for wombats. He even wrote a quatrain, called “Death of a Wombat,” to accompany the drawing:

“I never reared a young Wombat

To glad me with his pin-hole eye,

But when he most was sweet and fat

And tail-less, he was sure to die!”

On the basis of this work, we think Dante Gabriel Rossetti may be the greatest artist—and the greatest tragic poet—we’ve ever come across.

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2 responses to “Death of a Wombat

  1. is this for reals? either way, I love it!

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