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

Due to our redevelopment project, Reimagining Wordsworth, our opening times will vary in 2020. Please check our website ahead of your visit for more information.

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