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Joseph Severn (1793-1879), Painter and Civil Servant

Sitter associated with 3 portraits
Artist associated with 14 portraits
Ending his life as British Consul in Rome, the young painter Joseph Severn arrived in Italy's capital in November 1820 with the poet John Keats. To Severn's distress, Keats died at their villa near the Spanish Steps three months later. The aspiring history painter nevertheless stayed in Rome where, with his knowledge of Italian, sociable manner and personal charm, he was able to prosper in the art market and play a decisive role in co-founding the British academy in Rome. He exhibited portraits in the Italian genre of literary and biblical subjects.

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5052

John Hamilton Reynolds

by Joseph Severn
watercolour on ivory, 1818
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5052

1605

John Keats

by Joseph Severn
oil on ivory, 1819
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1605

3091

Joseph Severn

by Joseph Severn
pencil, circa 1820
NPG 3091

58

John Keats

by Joseph Severn
oil on canvas, 1821-1823
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 58

194

John Keats

by William Hilton, after Joseph Severn
oil on canvas, (circa 1822)
On display at Keats House, London
NPG 194

3944(3)

Woman of Genzano

by Joseph Severn
pencil, 1825
NPG 3944(3)

2132

Edward John Trelawny

by Joseph Severn
pen and ink, 1838
NPG 2132

D15734

James Henry Leigh Hunt

by James Charles Armytage, published by Smith, Elder & Co, after Joseph Severn
stipple engraving, (circa 1810)
NPG D15734

D20019

John Keats

by Henry Meyer, published by Henry Colburn, after Joseph Severn
stipple engraving, 1828
NPG D20019

D34513

William Ewart Gladstone

by William Henry Mote, published by George Virtue, after Joseph Severn
line engraving, 1840
NPG D34513

D8376

William Ewart Gladstone

by William Henry Mote, published by George Virtue, after Joseph Severn
line engraving, 1840
NPG D8376

D7160

Lydia Elizabeth (née Hoare), Lady Acland

by Samuel Cousins, after Joseph Severn
mezzotint, 1863 (1848)
NPG D7160

D7161

Lydia Elizabeth (née Hoare), Lady Acland

by Samuel Cousins, after Joseph Severn
mezzotint, 1863 (1848)
NPG D7161

D9359

John Keats

by John Henry Robinson, after Joseph Severn
stipple engraving, published 1848
NPG D9359

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