De Quincey Family Portraits by Various artists

Thomas De Quincey took up the tenancy of Dove Cottage from the Wordsworths in 1809 and became a close friend.


Details

Medium:
1) chalk; 2-9) oil
Dimensions:
1) 52.5 x 56.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£6,000 ( Total: £15,000)
Acquired in:
2005
Vendor:
Eric B C Blok

De Quincey was dependent on his daughters who managed his life for him when he became heavily addicted to opium. 1) chalk drawing of Thomas with his daughters, Emily, Margaret and granddaughter Eva by James Archer; 2-5) four medallions by James Archer; 6-9) miniature portraits of De Quincey's mother, his daughter Florence, an unknown lady and one of Thomas aged about 2 1/2 years by unknown artists.

Provenance

By descent from the Blok family, direct descendants of Thomas De Quincey.

Venue details

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum Town End, GRASMERE Cumbria LA22 9SH 01539 435 544 www.wordsworth.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £7.50)

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