Most of us know the pre-Raphaelite painting of Chatterton on his deathbed by Henry Wallis. Wallis painted it some 86 years after Chatterton died. See it here on the front page of my pamphlet.
Thomas Chatterton was 17 years old when he died, the original starving poet in a garret. It’s for you to decide whether he committed suicide or if it was a case of accidental death.
In reading this series of poems we imagine friends, relatives and others of influence in Chatterton’s life gathered around the foot of his deathbed, remembering and commenting on his life.
My series of ekphrastic poems cover each part of the painting and at the back of the pamphlet there’s a potted history of Chatterton.
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