Portrait of Samuel Taylor Coleridge by George Dawe

This portrait of the great romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) is on two sheets joined together, known as 'laid paper'.

Details

Medium:
Pencil & chalk on paper
Dimensions:
59 x 43 cm
Art Fund grant:
£20,340 ( Total: £40,680)
Acquired in:
2006
Vendor:
Sotheby's

Dawe sketched the head and shoulders from life before completing the body on the second sheet. Coleridge was often critical of representations of himself, but remarked to Sir George Beaumont that Dawe had produced 'a chalk drawing of my face which I think far more like than any former attempt'.

Provenance

Samuel Taylor Coleridge; by inheritance through the Coleridge family; W/S Fine Art Ltd, London.

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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