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

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.


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