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'.


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

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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