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

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.


Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

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

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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