Robert Southey was a major literary figure of the Romantic period.

As a portraitist, Phillips found himself acquiring more important and influential clients which led to commissions for several portraits of literary figures for John Murray, replicas of which, as in the case of this picture, were often produced. This is a major portrait of Southey and should take its place alongside Phillips's better-known literary portraits which include Coleridge, Crabbe, Byron, Blake and Rogers. The Wordsworth Trust Centre for British Romanticism already houses portraits of many of the writers of this period, including some of Southey and his family.


Painted for the Duke of Newcastle; Sotheby's, 14/7/93, lot 63; with Agnew's.

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

Town End, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH
015394 35544

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Please note: Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum’s National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported redevelopment project, Reimagining Wordsworth, will be taking place throughout 2019. As a result there are some changes to what will be available when you visit this year. Please check their website for opening information before you visit

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