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William Wordsworth (1770-1850), Poet Laureate

Sitter in 23 portraits
With Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Wordsworth published Lyrical Ballads (1798) which marked the development of a new type of poetry dealing with feeling and imagination. For most of his life he lived in the Lake District, and the main theme of his extensive poetry was man's relation to nature. His masterpiece is commonly considered to be The Prelude (1850), a long verse-autobiography that includes Wordsworth's journey through revolutionary France in 1791, 'Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be young was very heaven!' He abandoned his early republicanism and was appointed Poet Laureate in 1843. Wordsworth experienced recurring episodes of the infectious disease trachoma from 1805 until his death.

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William Wordsworth

by Robert Hancock
black, red and brown chalk and pencil, 1798
NPG 450


William Wordsworth

by Benjamin Robert Haydon
plaster cast of lifemask, 1815
NPG 2020


William Wordsworth

by Benjamin Robert Haydon
chalk, 1818
NPG 3687


William Wordsworth

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, pen and ink, 1820
NPG 316a(146)


William Wordsworth

by Sir William Boxall
oil on panel, 1831
NPG 4211


William Wordsworth

by Edward William Wyon
wax medallion, 1835
NPG 2680


William Wordsworth

by and after Henry William Pickersgill
oil on canvas, circa 1850
On display at Dove Cottage & Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere
NPG 104


William Wordsworth

by W. Baldry, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s (1842)
NPG Ax46229


William Wordsworth

after William Shuter
aquatint photogravure on India-laid paper, 1798
NPG D36299


William Wordsworth

after Robert Hancock
stipple engraving, (1798)
NPG D8809


William Wordsworth

after Robert Hancock
stipple engraving, (1798)
NPG D8810


William Wordsworth

after Robert Hancock
stipple engraving, (1798)
NPG D8811


William Wordsworth

by Henry Meyer, published by Henry Colburn, after Richard Carruthers
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1819
NPG D8807


William Wordsworth

by Henry Meyer, after Richard Carruthers
stipple engraving, circa 1819
NPG D8808


William Wordsworth

by Henry Meyer, published by Henry Colburn, after Richard Carruthers
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1819
NPG D8813


William Wordsworth

by R.C. Roffe, after Sir William Boxall
stipple engraving, circa 1831-1835
NPG D8812


William Wordsworth

after Daniel Maclise
pen and ink, (published 1832)
NPG D34554


William Wordsworth

by James Bromley, published by Moon, Boys & Graves, published by James Ryman, published by Robert Roe, after Sir William Boxall
mezzotint, published 10 June 1832
NPG D36297


William Wordsworth

by Edward McInnes, published by Sir Francis Graham Moon, 1st Bt, after Margaret Gillies
mezzotint, published 6 August 1841
NPG D36298

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