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John Keats

8 of 16 portraits of John Keats

John Keats, by Joseph Severn, 1821-1823, dated 1821 - NPG 58 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Keats

by Joseph Severn
oil on canvas, 1821-1823, dated 1821
22 1/4 in. x 16 1/2 in. (565 mm x 419 mm)
Given by S. Smith Travers, 1859
Primary Collection
NPG 58


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  • John Keats (1795-1821), Poet. Sitter in 16 portraits, Artist associated with 2 portraits.

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  • Joseph Severn (1793-1879), Painter; friend of John Keats. Artist associated with 14 portraits, Sitter associated with 3 portraits.

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Severn, who had nursed his friend in Rome, described the circumstances recreated in this posthumous portrait: 'This was the time he first fell ill & had written the Ode to the Nightingale on the morning of my visit to Hampstead. I found him sitting with the two chairs as I have painted him & was struck with the first real symptoms of sadness in Keats so finely expressed in that poem.'

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