The Haunted House
Date: 1858
Medium: Etching printed on laid India paper
Dimensions: plate: 5 1/2 × 3 3/8 in. (14 × 8.6 cm) sheet: 13 3/4 × 9 5/8 in. (34.9 × 24.4 cm)
Illustration Citation: From "The Haunted House," in Passages from the Poems of Thomas Hood, illustrated by the Junior Etching Club, in Thirty-Four Plates (London: E. Gambart & Co.,1858).
Credit Line: Acquisition Fund, 2003
Object Number: 2003-5
About: The Haunted House represents a moment in a gothic-toned poem of the same title by Thomas Hood (1799–1845). Solomon has drawn a woman with her arm around a young girl, peering through a doorway into a room in which a man leans over a coffin, while a female mourner holds a handkerchief to her face. The following stanza explains, “O, very, very dreary is the room Where Love, domestic Love, no longer nestles, But smitten by the common stroke of doom, The Corpse lies on the trestles!”
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