pp 99-105) and the Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement (pp 620-621).
Midlane reminds me a great deal of Edward Capern, the Bideford postman poet. Like Capern, he was 'acceptable working class' to the Victorian middle class: humble, devout, socially and politically conservative (unlike, say, Ebenezer Elliot or Gerald Massey), pro-monarchy and obsequious to the upper classes; nor did he do anything so vulgar as to expect payment for his work or assert copyright (ref: Obituary, IWCP, March 6, 1909), and he went bankrupt in consequence.
Nevetheless, I do quite like his 1860 poetry collection The Vecta Garland, and Isle of Wight souvenir (London: Griffin, 1860, Internet Archive vectagarlandisle00midl). The style is typical 19th century overblown pseudo-classical. This ...
Uprising in the sea-girt Isle, bedecked with verdure round,... is fairly typical. But it makes an interesting tour of locations largely still iconic, as well as a few that'll now be known only to Isle of Wight history enthusiasts. There are twelve nice steel engravings too.
Sweet Osborne ! is thy palace-pile, with every beauty crowned ;
Erected for Victoria, and for Her pleasure planned,
Her favorite residence who sways, the sceptre of the land.
|"Osborne, Isle of Wight" - artist/engraver uncredited|
|"The Keep of Carisbrook Castle"|
Drawn by WL Walton, engraved by JC Varrall
|"Pulpit Rock, Bonchurch - from a sketch by WB Cooke, engraved by Sam Bradshaw"|
The Pulpit Rock! The Pulpit Rock!
It is mounted up on high,
Where the winged choir in numbers flock,
And trill sweet harmony:
And the ivy green Is clambering seen,
Up its sides, time worn, and hoary;
As there it stands,
Where the zephyr fans
A rock in its native glory!
See the previous post Pulpit Rock for more about this.
|"Black Gang Chine - drawn by WL Leitch, engraved by J Godfrey"|
|Bonchurch Pond - "WL Leitch / J Godfrey"|
|"Shanklin Chine, Isle of Wight - drawn by WL Leitch, engraved by A Willmore"|
|"Chale Bay, Isle of Wight, during the tremendous storm of 1836 - engraved by A Willmore|
|St. Lawrence Well - "drawn by WL Walton, engraved by JB Kernot [?]|
|"Freshwater Cliffs - drawn by WL Leitch, engraved by J Godfrey"|
|"The Great Landslip at Rockenend, with the bold termination of the Undercliff near Black Gang,|
drawn by WL Leitch, engraved by Sam Bradshaw
|"Isolated rocks in Freshwater Bay - WL Leitch, J Godfrey"|
|"Tomb of the Rev. W. Adams at Bonchurch, Isle of Wight"|
Author of "The Shadow of the Cross, "The Old Man's Home," &c. Died 1848, Aged 33 Years.
drawn by WL Walton, from a Sketch by WB Cooke, engraved by JC Varrell