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The Pauper's Drive Poster

The Pauper's Drive Poster

The Pauper's Drive Poster

The Pauper's Drive Poster

The Pauper's Drive Poster
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This poster was inspired by a poem that was written in 1841 titled
The Pauper's Drive by Thomas Noel (1799-1861)

There’s a grim one-horse hearse in a jolly round trot;
To the churchyard a pauper is going, I wot;
The road it is rough, and the hearse has no springs,
And hark to the dirge that the sad driver sings : -
"Rattle his bones over the stones;
He’s only a Pauper, whom nobody owns!"

Oh, where are the mourners? alas! there are none ; -
He has left not a gap in the world now he’s gone;
Not a tear in the eye of child, woman, or man ; -
To the grave with his carcase as fast as you can;
"Rattle his bones over the stones;
He’s only a Pauper, whom nobody owns!"

What a jolting and creaking, and splashing and din!
The whip, how it cracks! and the wheels how they spin!
How the dirt, right and left, o’er the hedges is hurl’d!
The Pauper at length makes a noise in the world!
"Rattle his bones over the stones;
He’s only a Pauper, whom nobody owns!"

Poor Pauper defunct! he has made some approach
To gentility, now that he’s stretch’d in a coach;
He’s taking a drive in his carriage at last;
But it will not be long, if he goes on so fast!
"Rattle his bones over the stones;
He’s only a Pauper, whom nobody owns!"

You bumpkin! who stare at your brother convey’d,
Behold what respect to a cloddy is paid,
And be joyful to think, when by death you’re laid low,
You’ve a chance to the grave like a gemman to go.
"Rattle his bones over the stones;
He’s only a Pauper, whom nobody owns!"

But a truce to this strain, - for my soul, it is sad,
To think that a heart in humanity clad,
Should make, like the brutes, such a desolate end,
And depart from the light without leaving a friend!
Bear softly his bones over the stones;
Though a Pauper, he’s one whom his Maker yet owns!

From Rymes and Roundelayes, 1841, William Smith: London, pp. 200-201.

The inspiration for these very expressive skeletons that are seemingly burdened with sorrow came from a memento mori tomb scene that had been carved from a single piece of ivory, c. 1650. The artist and origin unknown.

Below is a recording of this poem put to song.


It was composed by Sidney Homer and performed by the Victor Orchestra. That amazing baritone vocal is none-other than Percy Hemus.

The Pauper's Drive song was recorded in Camden, New Jersey, February 14, 1913

This poster is 22 inches wide by 17 inches high, generous black ink lushly printed on parchment stock.


Pauper's Drive




PLEASE NOTE: This poster image was hand-drawn by Madame Talbot using General's Cedar Pointe #333-2HB pencils on Crescent 201.6 Hot Press Medium Weight illustration board at original poster size. An antique Koh-i-Noor rapidograph pen and Dr. P. H. Martin's Bombay Black India ink were used for final inking.

After completion, the image was hand-delivered to Ryan Gwinner Press in Portland, Oregon and printed on an offset printing press.

Absolutely no computers were used in the creation of this poster - from start to finish.

The copyright notice is on the website image only and not on the printed poster.



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