IV. Smoke

John Lucas Tupper

General Description

Date: 1849
Rhyme: irregular
Meter: iambic
Genre: satire


◦ Coombs, James, ed. A Pre-Raphaelite Friendship: The Correspondence of William Holman Hunt and John Lucas Tupper (Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Press, 1986).


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Scholarly Commentary


This is the fourth of five parts of a satiric medley by John Tupper, Alexander Tupper, and George I. F. Tupper. It is titled in general “Papers of The M. S. Society”. The first three parts were published in The Germ no. 3 and the other two in no. 4. John Tupper, who wrote parts 1, 4, and 5, read all or part of it to a gathering of the PRB in November 1849 to an enthusiastic reception. WMR remarked that the work was “exceedingly clever” but “borders, nevertheless, on the ultra-peculiar, and a few allusions altogether unintelligible by such as are not personally acquainted with him will have to be omitted in printing it” (see Fredeman, The P.R.B. Journal 29).

Printing History

Printed in The Germ no. 4, page 183-186.

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