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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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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