Sunday, 4 January 2009
I have been fascinated by Canon Rawnsley since I was a child. At college I wrote a lengthy dissertation about him and researched a bibliography. Since he was a prolific writer that was quite some job. In addition to many books he was constantly writing to The Times and other newspapers and he was one of the most prolific sonnet writers in history, creating around 30,000 of them. (The fact that most of them were appalling is irrelevant.) I had a couple of mini-biographies of him published in magazines like the Lakeland Rmbler. I was delighted when, in the late 1960s, I came across a poster size picture of him and for many years it hung on my walls. This sketch was done from that poster.