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Regency Portraits Catalogue

William Wordsworth (1770-1850), Poet Laureate

'Wordsworth's face was, if not absolutely the indigenous face of the Lake district, at any rate a variety …' (De Quincey).
Contemporary accounts of his appearance are quoted in Frances Blanshard, Portraits of Wordsworth, 1959, pp 108-20.

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Blanshard 1959
Frances Blanshard, Portraits of Wordsworth, 1959.

De Selincourt (ed.) n.d.
Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, 5 vols., ed. Ernest De Selincourt, revised by Shaver, Moorman & Hill, 1967-83.

Knight 1889
W. A. Knight, Life of Wordsworth, 3 vols., 1889 with an appendix on portraits in vol.II.

Piper 1982
David Piper, The Image of the Poet, 1982.

Schneider 1950
B. R. Schneider, 'Wordsworth Portraits: a Biographical Catalogue' in The Eagle, St John's College Cambridge, LIV, 1950, no.237.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.