Portrait of Samuel Taylor Coleridge by Charles Robert Leslie

Coleridge told a friend that he did not feel that it was an image that he had 'sat for', but rather was one which 'Lesly (sic) contrived to take'.

Details

Medium:
Pencil, charcoal & chalk
Dimensions:
30.5 x 26.7 cm
Art Fund grant:
£16,378 ( Total: £32,890)
Acquired in:
2005
Vendor:
Bonhams

What is remarkable is that it catches an irregularity in Coleridge's mouth. The mouth was always an area of Coleridge's portrait which he, himself, loathed. The probability is that Coleridge suffered from adenoids, and therefore could not breathe without his mouth being open.

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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