6 of 18 portraits of Robert Southey
by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
marble bust, 1832
30 in. (762 mm) high
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Artistback to top
- Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey (1781-1841), Sculptor. Artist associated with 267 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.
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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