Painting: A Pleasant Corner – John Callcott Horsley

Readers reading #3

A Pleasant Corner (1865) – By John Callcott Horsley: 1817 – 1903. Donated to the Royal Academy by the artist.

John Callcott Horsley

“Sorry to disturb, thought you might like a cup of tea.”

The third post in the “Readers reading” series (this was the first, this was the second). The colours and the shading are wonderful – a perfect place to read a book, by the fire, catching the light from the small window – a ‘pleasant corner’, indeed.

And if our reader is reading a new book, what was published in 1865?


  • Lewis Carroll – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Chales Dickens – Our Mutual Friend (publication concludes)
  • Mary Mapes Dodge – Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky – “The Crocodile” (Крокодил, Krokodil, short story published in Epoch)
  • Charles Kingsley – Hereward the Wake
  • Sheridan Le Fanu – Guy Deverell
  • Anthony Trollope – Can You Forgive Her? (publication concludes)
  • Jules Verne – From the Earth to the Moon (De la Terre à la Lune)
  • Émile Zola – La Confession de Claude
  • Henrik Ibsen – Brand


  • Edward Lear – The History of the Seven Families of the Lake Pipple-Popple
  • Mary Wright Sewell – Mother’s Last Words: a ballad
  • A. C. Swinburne
    • Atalanta in Calydon
    • Chastelard: a tragedy


  • Matthew Arnold – Essays in Criticism
  • P. T. Barnum – The Humbugs of the World
  • Jacob Grimm – Deutsche Sagen (German Sayings)
  • Karl Marx – Value, Price and Profit (written as speech)
  • John Stuart Mill – Examinations of Sir William Hamilton’s Philosophy

The ‘Readers reading’ series on this blog (this list last updated, 12th March 2017).

Readers reading #1. A Girl Reading In A Sailing Boat (1869) By Alfred Corbould.

Readers reading #2 The Bookworm (1850) Carl Spitzweg.

Readers reading #3 A Pleasant Corner (1865) – By John Callcott Horsley.

Readers reading #4 The Novel Reading (1841) – By Josef Danhauser.

Readers reading #5 The Poor Poet (1839) – By Carl Spitzweg.

Readers reading #6 The Travelling Companions (1862) – By Augustus Egg.

Readers reading #7 The Breakfast (c.1911) – By William McGregor Paxton.

Readers reading #8 Answering the Emigrant’s Letter (1850) – By James Collinson.

Readers reading #9 The Love Letter (1808) – By Willem Bartel van der Kooi.

Readers reading #10 The Day Dream (1880) – By Dante Gabriel Rossetti.


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