20 of 23 portraits of William Wordsworth
by Edward McInnes, published by Sir Francis Graham Moon, 1st Bt, after Margaret Gillies
mezzotint, published 6 August 1841
13 7/8 in. x 10 1/8 in. (352 mm x 258 mm) plate size; 20 in. x 14 3/4 in. (509 mm x 376 mm) paper size
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Artistsback to top
- Margaret Gillies (1803-1887), Painter. Artist associated with 9 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Edward McInnes (1812-1859), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 24 portraits.
- Sir Francis Graham Moon, 1st Bt (1796-1871), Printseller and publisher. Artist associated with 59 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Wordsworth experienced recurring episodes of the infectious disease trachoma, which causes painful inflammation of the eyelids and can lead to temporary or long-term blindness, from 1805 until his death. Described by his daughter Dora as a 'blind man' during one instance, he sought repeated medical advice to manage symptoms, which often confined him to darkened rooms for days. He was also advised that the writing of poetry could exacerbate the condition. Wordsworth was recovering from a recent inflammation when the artist Margaret Gillies painted the portrait from which this print is taken in 1839.
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Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Facing Blindness: Visual Impairment in the Nineteenth Century (From 18 November 2013)