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William Cowper

(1731-1800), Poet

Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 7 portraits
Poet; he studied law at Temple. Cowper achieved popular success with the publication, in 1785, of a volume of poetry including The Diverting History of John Gilpin, a humorous ballad that became the most popular poem of the decade, and The Task, which condemned slavery. He suffered from severe depression throughout his life, and an early personal and professional crisis led to his conversion to evangelical Christianity, influencing much of his work. Several hymns that he wrote became favourites, including 'God moves in a mysterious way'.

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Kate Bostock

17 September 2015, 12:02

The Cowper & Newton Museum have just acquired a plaster bust of Cowper from the workshop of Shout of Holborn, with the date 1820. It's 24 inches high. Would you like some images of it? There's a great piece about the Shouts on your website. Do you by any chance have a catalogue dating from the 1820s?

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