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Robert Southey

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Robert Southey, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, 1832 - NPG 3956 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Southey

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
marble bust, 1832
30 in. (762 mm) high
Purchased, 1955
Primary Collection
NPG 3956

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This bust of the poet and historian Robert Southey was commissioned by his publisher, John Murray, but not accepted. Southey refused to give further sittings, writing caustically that as Chantrey was 'perfectly acquainted with the outside of my head, I have desired Murray to send him a book which will show him the inside of it'.

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  • Piper, David, The English Face, 1992, p. 187
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 577
  • Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 471