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Samuel Rogers

6 of 23 portraits of Samuel Rogers

Samuel Rogers, by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, circa 1835 - NPG 4921 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Samuel Rogers

by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
pen and wash, circa 1835
9 3/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (236 x 190 mm)
Purchased, 1972
Primary Collection
NPG 4921

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  • Samuel Rogers (1763-1855), Poet, banker and art connoisseur. Sitter in 23 portraits.

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Landseer's caricatures of Rogers are among his most biting and satirical. Here Rogers greets a monkey with apparent fraternal recognition. Rogers's poetry was highly praised in his lifetime and he was offered the Laureateship on the death of Wordsworth in 1850. Yet, it was frequently his appearance that attracted comment. Lord Byron wrote malicious lines about him and Sydney Smith offended him by suggesting that the only way he could sit for a portrait was if he covered his face in an attitude of prayer.

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