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Robert Gooch (1784–1830) was described by the English poet Southey as one of the most remarkable men of his time. Gooch had a poor upbringing with an average education. A chance encounter with a blind man, Mr Harley, to whom Gooch would read aloud, sparked an interest in literature. He studied medicine at Edinburgh, and worked as a general practitioner in London. He moved to the West End and was patronised by his friend Sir William Knighton.
oil on canvas
74.9 x 61.4 cm
gift from Miss Gooch, 1866
Royal College of Physicians, London
11 St Andrew's Place Regent's Park, London, Greater London NW1 4LE EnglandView venue
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