A young boy tears up his school textbooks in a fit of anger against his education. Engraving W.C. Wrankmore after C. Wrankmore.
- Wrankmore, C.
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The subject as described in the poem by L.E. Landon (loc. cit.) is as follows: "The young destructive. In truth, I do not wonder / To see them scatter’d round; / So many leaves of knowledge— / Some fruit must sure be found. / The Eton Latin Grammar / Has now its verbs declin’d; / And those of Lindley Murray / Are not so far behind. Oh! days of bread and water— / How many I recall, / Past—sent into the corner; / Your face towards the wall. / Oh! boundaries of Europe! / Oh! rivers great and small! / Oh! islands, gulfs, and capitals! / How I abhorr'd ye all! / And then those dreadful tables / Of shillings, pence, and pounds! / Though I own their greater trouble / In after life abounds. / 'Tis strange how memory lingers / About those early hours; / And we talk of happy childhood, / As if such had been ours. / But distance lends enchantment / To all we suffer’d then; / Thank Heaven, that I never / Can be a child again!"
[London] ; [Paris] : Fisher, Son & Co., 1844.
1 print : engraving ; platemark 23 x 18 cm
The young destructive. Drawn by C. Wrankmore. Engraved by W.C. Wrankmore.
Wellcome Library no. 27496i
Drawn by C. Wrankmore (unidentified) and engraved by William Colley Wrankmore (b. 1812; fl. 1836-58)