6 of 23 portraits of 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)
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Sitterback to top
- Samuel Rogers (1763-1855), Poet, banker and art connoisseur. Sitter in 23 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873), Painter. Artist associated with 54 portraits, Sitter in 21 portraits.
This portraitback to top
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.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 530
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 420
Exhibitions and displays
- Painting Parliament: The Fine Arts Commission 1841 – 1863
Until 10 May 2015