8 of 15 portraits of John Keats
by Joseph Severn
oil on canvas, 1821-1823
22 1/4 in. x 16 1/2 in. (565 mm x 419 mm)
Given by S. Smith Travers, 1859
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Sitterback to top
- John Keats (1795-1821), Poet. Sitter in 15 portraits, Artist associated with 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Joseph Severn (1793-1879), Painter and Civil Servant. Artist associated with 14 portraits, Sitter associated with 3 portraits.
This portraitback to top
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.'
Linked publicationsback to top
- National Portrait Gallery: 100 Portraits, p. 60
- Audio Guide
- Holmes, Richard, The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2013, p. 112
- Holmes, Richard, Insights: The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2005, p. 94
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 24,59
- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 162
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 113
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 113
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 346
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 128
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 290
- Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantic Icons, 1999, p. 91
Placesback to top
- Place portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's home, Hampstead, London)
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