Painting: The Poor Poet (1839)

Readers reading #5

The Poor Poet (1839) – By Carl Spitzweg (1808 –1885). Neue Pinakothek (New Pinakothek), Munich, Germany.

Carl Spitzweg (1808 –1885). The Poor Poet. Der Arme Poet.
Carl Spitzweg (1808 –1885). The Poor Poet. Der Arme Poet.

There’s a man who has the right priorities. Little furniture, but plenty of books. Leaky roof, but no matter as he has an umbrellor. A poet? Not much new quality written that year. For some context – the following were published in 1839:


  • Honoré de Balzac
    • Béatrix
    • Illusions perdues, II: Un Grand homme de province à Paris (Lost Illusions, II: A Distinguished Provincial in Paris)
    • Pierre Grassou
  • Sarah Burney – The Romance of Private Life: The Renunciation and The Hermitage
  • Charles Dickens – Nicholas Nickleby (serialisation completed and in book form)
  • Alexandre Dumas – Captain Pamphile


  • Edward Bulwer – Richelieu


  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Voices of the Night


  • Louis Blanc – L’Organisation du Travail
  • Charles Darwin – The Voyage of the Beagle
  • Mrs William Ellis – The Women of England: their social duties and domestic habits
  • Michael Faraday – Experimental Researches in Electricity
  • Jared Sparks – Life of Washington
  • Philip Meadows Taylor – Confessions of a Thug

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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