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Romantic poets


18 People in sitter grouping:

The onset of the French Revolution in 1789 and subsequent war between England and France (1803-1815), was a catalyst for a group of poets to retreat into their inner feelings and imagination. As Napoleon swept across Europe, poets responded to changing political and social conditions, placing intuition over reason and the individual over the general. Favouring the pastoral instead of the urban and drawing on their inner visions, the Romantic poets became recognised as a group surprisingly quickly and included women. The romantic idea of the ephemeral genius, doomed to remain unacknowledged became true for many of the poets, who remained unrecognised in their lifetimes. Many of William Blake's seminal works sold less than 30 copies in his own lifetime. George Gordon Byron was one of the few to achieve fame before his death in 1824. After the end of the war in 1815, many poets fled to the Mediterranean, where travel and exploration became distinct aspects of their lives and artistic output.

William Blake

William Blake

1757-1827
Visionary poet and painter
Sitter in 10 portraits | Artist associated with 5 portraits
Lord Byron

Lord Byron

1788-1824
Poet
Sitter in 36 portraits
John Clare

John Clare

1793-1864
Poet
Sitter associated with 4 portraits
Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

1778-1829
Natural philosopher
Sitter in 20 portraits
Thomas de Quincey

Thomas de Quincey

1785-1859
Writer; author of 'Confessions of an Opium Eater'
Sitter in 4 portraits
William Godwin

William Godwin

1756-1836
Philosopher and novelist
Sitter in 13 portraits
William Hazlitt

William Hazlitt

1778-1830
Essayist, journalist and critic
Sitter in 5 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
John Keats

John Keats

1795-1821
Poet
Sitter in 15 portraits | Artist associated with 2 portraits
Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb

1775-1834
Essayist and poet
Sitter in 11 portraits
Amelia Opie

Amelia Opie

1769-1853
Novelist and poet; second wife of John Opie
Sitter in 8 portraits | Artist associated with 1 portrait
Mary Robinson (née Darby)

Mary Robinson (née Darby)

1756 or 1758-1800
Known as 'Perdita'; writer, actress and mistress of the future George IV
Sitter in 12 portraits
Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

1771-1832
Novelist and poet
Sitter associated with 45 portraits
Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley

1797-1851
Novelist
Sitter associated with 3 portraits
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley

1792-1822
Poet
Sitter associated with 8 portraits
Robert Southey

Robert Southey

1774-1843
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 18 portraits
Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft

1759-1797
Writer and feminist; mother of Mary Shelley; wife of William Godwin
Sitter in 6 portraits
William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth

1770-1850
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 23 portraits