The picture shows the house where Samuel Butler (1613 – 1680), the English poet, was born. It is a farmhouse like many others from the period in England, with a thatched roof and brick chimneys. it has an unevenness that adds a quality of romantic age very suitable for the house of a young poet.
See also Chalmers’ 1812 biography of Samuel Butler.
The book also describes Samuel Butler’s most famous poem, Hudibras. It should be noted that the writer of this book itself, Charles Knight, who complains about Butler’s bias, was clearly biased himsef in his assessment of Hudibras!