1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hazlitt

Robert Southey to Richard Duppa, 14 December 1803; Life and Correspondence (1849-50) 2:238.



Hazlitt, whom you saw at Paris, has been here; a man of real genius. He has made a very fine picture of Coleridge for Sir George Beaumont, which is said to be in Titian's manner; he has also painted Wordsworth, but so dismally, though Wordsworth's face is his idea of physiognomical perfection, that one of his friends, on seeing it, exclaimed, "At the gallows — deeply affected by his deserved fate — yet determined to die like a man;" and if you saw the picture, you would admire the criticism.