This endearing drawing of the poet Robert Browning, riding a horse and carrying a sword, was made by his and Elizabeth Barrett Browning's young son, Pen, aged three. Robert Browning has quoted Pen at the top left of the paper, '“I done this to please Papa”'.
- Full title:
- Drawing by Elizabeth and Robert Browning's son, Pen, of 'PAPA'
- 23 January 1853
- Manuscript / Artwork
- Pen Browning
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- British Library
- Ashley MS A2545
- Article by:
- Simon Avery
- Gender and sexuality, Victorian poetry
Dr Simon Avery considers how Elizabeth Barrett Browning used poetry to explore and challenge traditional Victorian roles for women, assessing the early influences on her work and thought.