Thursday, January 07, 2010

Arnold W. Smith: Battersea Polytechnic Secondary School

I've mentioned before how I like it when, from time to time, photos turn up that are in some way connected to one of my authors. This is a school photo at Battersea Polytechnic Secondary School which had Arnold W. Smith as headmaster. Smith published a couple of volumes of poetry, one of which, a very slim volumes, a cycle of sonnets of superior quality, I republished recently: A Boy's Absence. Sadly, this photo was taken in 1913 and Smith was headmaster of the school from 1918 to his death in 1927 so it just misses him but I'd be very surprised to ever come across another photo of the school so it will have to do.

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