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'.

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.


Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

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

We are now closed until spring 2020 to complete the final stages of our National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported redevelopment project, Reimagining Wordsworth. Our shop will remain open; in November and December the shop opening hours will be Friday-Tuesday, 11.00am-4.00pm.

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