John Keats. [facsimile signature.]
London, Edward Moxon, Dover Street, 1848.
Mixed-method on india paper, with very large margins; 210 x 140mm. 8¼ x 5½".
Scarce portrait of John Keats (1795 - 1821) by the poet's friend Joseph Severn. Severn (1793-1879) arrived in Rome in November 1820 with Keats but, much to Severn's distress, Keats died at their villa near the Spanish Steps three months later. The aspiring history painter nevertheless stayed in Rome where, with his knowledge of Italian, sociable manner and personal charm, he was able to prosper in the art market and play a decisive role in co-founding the British academy in Rome. He exhibited portraits, Italian genre, literary and biblical subjects. Severn was British Consul in Rome when he died in 1879.
[Ref: 27385] £140.00