Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
Thomas Woolner (1825-1892), Sculptor and poet
Woolner in 1847:
He was then twenty-two years of age, broad-chested, square-shouldered, rather more set in form than usual at that time of a man’s life, robust, active, muscular, and with remarkably fine hands; his square-featured and noble face was set in roughly-cut, thick masses of brownish auburn hair, and under his full eyebrows vigorous, resolute and penetrating eyes glowed steadfastly while he looked at you. 
In the year 1848 Woolner went for a short time to Paris […]. The passport for this journey is still preserved and gives a strangely inaccurate description of his personal appearance, stating his eyes were blue: they were dark brown, his eyebrows and eyelashes were dark – his hair a beautiful chestnut colour.’ 
In middle life:
Woolner was of middle height, sturdily built, with a strong, animated look – dark eyes, rather short nose, and a fine crop of ginger-yellow hair. His manner was frank, decisive, self-confident, and full of warmth to persons whom he liked. […] His talk was somewhat varied, for he always took an interest in several matters outside the range of his art: it was entertaining, pointed, often incisive, and well stored with observation and reflection. He knew how to say a sharp thing sharply. […] He was a steady smoker; in other matters very moderate, or even abstemious. 
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