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Keats Room

Keats, John, 1795-1821. John Keats portraits and artifacts, circa 1817-1970: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Keats Room
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Keats, John, 1795-1821.
Title: John Keats portraits and artifacts,
Date(s): 1817-1970 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 linear feet (15 items)
Language of materials: In English.
Abstract: Portraits of English poet John Keats and objects owned by him.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Various accessions, various dates. See item description for full acquisition information.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

The Keats Room and many of these objects can be viewed by guided tour Fridays at 2:00 p.m.
Examination of objects in the Houghton Reading Room requires advance notice, and the permission of the curator.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

John Keats Portraits and Artifacts, circa 1817-1970 (Keats Room). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

John Keats (1795-1821) was one of the principal poets of the English Romantic movement.
These objects, most of which are on permanent display in the Keats Room at Houghton Library, were acquired at various times and from various donors. Some items were owned by John Keats.


Arranged into the following two series:

Scope and Contents

Includes portraits of Keats: silhouette by Charles Armitage Brown (1819), bas-relief (sculpture) by Muriel Caswall (ca. 1945), portrait cameo in bone china (1970), three drawings by Joseph Severn (ca. 1818, 1830, 1860), and medallions by Sidney Waugh (1936); and mixed media by Ross Wilson. Also includes objects owned by Keats, including: gold bracelet (jewelry), gold seal with chain, tin box formerly housing a Book of Common Prayer (1817), locks of John Keats's hair (one in gold locket), and the prize medal awarded to Keats in 1810 while attending John Clarke's School in Enfield.

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