(i) CALLIGRAPHIC AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'NICCOLO PESCARA, KNIGHT OF FORLI - UNTO HIS LADY', signed and dated at the end ('Austin Dobson'), 65 lines in six nine-line and one eleven-line stanzas, written in a very small neat hand with a print-hand title, 4 pages, quarto, dated 26 January 1867
This is my lady's house
Among your leaves embowered
From sunlight fenced with care
By roof of woven boughs...
PROBABLY UNPUBLISHED: not in Collected Poems or Selected Poems or Murray's Bibliography.
Sotheby's noted this poem was written out for his fellow-poet Cosmo Monkhouse's album.
PROVENANCE: Sotheby's, February 1977; Edward Spencer.
REFERENCES: Collected Poems; Murray, Bibliography of Austin Dobson; Selected Poems, 1905; Location Register of Twentieth-Century Literary Manuscripts and Letters, 2 volumes, 1988. Only a few poetical manuscripts by Dobson are recorded as being in British institutions; the main collection appears to be in the Huntington Library.
(ii) PORTRAIT BY HERBERT ROSE BARRAUD (1845-1896), vintage photograph, Woodburytype, half length, looking into the camera, photographer's printed credit on mount, framed and glazed, size of image 13 x 9 inches, 15 x 11 inches (32 x 22 cm), overall size 19 x 15 inches (49 x 38 cm) [c. 1888]
This image is from Men and Women of the Day [c. 1888].