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Derwent Coleridge; Mary Coleridge (née Pridham)

1 of 2 portraits of Mary Coleridge (née Pridham)

Derwent Coleridge; Mary Coleridge (née Pridham), by Unknown photographer, 1856 - NPG P322 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Derwent Coleridge; Mary Coleridge (née Pridham)

by Unknown photographer
collodion positive on glass, 1856
5 in. x 4 in. (127 mm x 102 mm)
Purchased, 1986
Primary Collection
NPG P322


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The second son of the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Derwent was educated with his brother Hartley at a small school near Ambleside, where Southey and Wordsworth watched over them. His later career was dedicated to education and the church, and he was the first principal of St Mark's College, Chelsea. He is seen in this ambrotype together with his wife Mary Pridham whom he married in 1827. Although the photographer is unknown, there is a placard on the table which appears to read 'Field Phot. Aug. 19 1856', a novel way of dating a photograph.

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  • Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 37
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 135