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William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth, by Edward William Wyon, 1835 -NPG 2680 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

William Wordsworth

by Edward William Wyon
1835
3 1/4 in. (83 mm) diameter
NPG 2680

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed in ink on a paper removed from the back and now in NPG archive: To Robt Southey Esq LLD/with the Artist's best respects/Portrait of W. Wordsworth Esq/Modelled by E. W. Wyon/1835 and in another hand along the bottom: Katharine Southey -/purchased at the Sale at/Greta Hall - Keswick June 1843 Robert Charles Southey/1862.
Two labels were also on the back: Southey & Wordsworth/The Pair 9 guineas/1/s/5-6/338.

This portraitback to top

Wyon's wax followed its companion profile of Southey (see NPG 2681), Southey having recommended the young artist to Wordsworth. Wordsworth approved and the result seems to have pleased everyone: 'Mr Wyon has killed two birds with one shot. ... Nothing, I think, can be better than W.'s, and he is equally pleased with mine' (Southey to Grosvenor Bedford 29 September 1835). Wordsworth mentions two medallions: 'Pray be so good as to let Mr Wyon know that we are anxious to have back the two Medallions improved, as he promised. Dora could bring them with her, if he could finish them immediately' (letter to Cordelia Marshall 19 February 1840). One was made for Lord Lonsdale and is now at Dove Cottage, the other given by Wordsworth to Southey is NPG 2680.

Provenanceback to top

Given by Wyon to Southey and his sale at Greta Hall, June 1843, then Southey family possession; Maurice Buxton Forman and given by him to the NPG in 1934 together with Wyon's companion profile of Southey.

Exhibitionsback to top

RA 1836 (987).


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.

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