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Thomas Love Peacock

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The poet and novelist Peacock was one of the most distinctive satirical writers of the Romantic period. He was a friend of Percy Bysshe Shelley and his poetry won praise from John Keats, Lord Byron and Edgar Allan Poe. He is primarily remembered for his stylish and witty novels, including Headlong Hall (1815) and Nightmare Abbey (1818). Alongside his literary career, Peacock was employed as an official of the East India Company and supervised the construction of the first ships to sail to India powered exclusively by steam.

National Portrait Gallery, London



Thomas Love Peacock




oil on millboard


H 16.5 x W 14 cm

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Purchased, 1906. On long-term loan to Dove Cottage & Wordsworth Museum, Cumbria

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