On this day, 6th November, in 1869, Rossetti’s wombat sadly died. Rossetti wrote the following ditty and drew the below pen and ink sketch as a memorial.

I never reared a young Wombat
To glad me with his pin-hole eye,
But when he most was sweet & fat
And tail-less, he was sure to die!

Rossetti, Rossetti lamenting the death of his Wombat (1869, British Museum)





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