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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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Joseph Severn

by Joseph Severn
pencil, circa 1820
NPG 3091


Joseph Severn

by John Partridge
pencil, 1825
NPG 3944(18)


Probably Joseph Severn

by John Partridge
pencil, 1825
NPG 3944(20)