Joseph Severn (1793 – 1879)

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Lovesick 1831

Joseph Severn was an English portrait and subject painter. He was born in London. During his earlier years he practiced portraiture as a miniaturist; and, having studied in the schools of the Royal Academy, he exhibited his first work in oil, Hermia and Helena, a subject from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in the Royal Academy Exhibition of 1819. In 1820, he gained the gold medal and a three years’ traveling studentship for his Una and the Red Cross Knight in the Cave of Despair. He accompanied his friend John Keats the poet to Italy and nursed him till his death in 1821.


Percy Bysshe Shelley

In 1861 he was appointed British consul at Rome, a post which he held till 1872, and during a great part of the time he also acted as Italian consul. His most remarkable work is the Spectre Ship from the Ancient Mariner. He painted Cordelia Watching by the Bed of Lear, The Roman Beggar, Ariel, The Fountain, and Rienzi, executed a large altarpiece for the church of St Paul at Rome, and produced many portraits, including one of Baron Bunsen and several of Keats. He died at Rome, where he is buried in the Protestant Cemetery next to John Keats.


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