The Magazine

November, 1893, Page: 30

Image Dimensions: 4.5 x 9.9 cms

Page Dimensions: 30.7 x 24.5 cms


Title: When a light spark of talent burns…

Date: 1893

Inscription: 1 page of text with headpiece illustration, pen and ink on paper, 4.5 x 9.9 cm attached to page, signed bottom right “A.R.” [Agnes Raeburn]

Keywords: headpieces; poultry; creativity

Material: Pen and ink

Commentary: The poem is a comment on Janet Aitken’s essay ‘Some words on originality’ on pp. 27–29. Lucy Raeburn, however, is making the point that attempts at creativity can be easily quenched by peer pressure, lack of confidence, and the need to conform. The headpiece by Lucy’s sister Agnes is a variation on Aitken’s headpiece on p. 27. Here the two symmetrically placed chickens are drinking from a stream, which probably represents the source of their inspiration, whereas Aitken’s two birds merely stand facing one another.