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Samuel Rogers (1763-1855), Poet, banker and art connoisseur
Sitter in 23 portraits
Best remembered as a witty conversationalist and as a friend of poets such as Byron and Wordsworth, Rogers attained eminence with the publication of his poem The Pleasures of Memory (1792). This widely praised poem was so popular that by 1806 it had gone through fifteen editions. His other published poetry included The Voyage of Columbus (1810) and Italy (1822-8). In 1793 he inherited a banking firm, and for the next half century he maintained an influential position in London society. The amusing, though often unkind, conversations held at his breakfast parties were recorded by Alexander Dyce and published in 1856 as Recollections of the Table-Talk of Samuel Rogers.