The face of Keats

The life of John Keats the man: his family, his friends, and his contemporaries.

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Postby Malia » Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:34 pm

Saturn wrote:Hmm there may be copies I'm sure.


If I remember correctly, the death mask, itself, is a copy of the original. The original was lost long ago in the 19th century. There was also a cast of Keats's hand (and, I believe, foot) taken at the same time as the death mask, but they have both been lost--at least, I have never seen pictures of them.
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Re: The face of Keats

Postby SnuggleKeats » Wed Oct 08, 2008 6:43 pm

I must share a couple of my favorite bits found on DeviantArt.

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(Byron might've had quite a different reaction but I'll let it slide. lol)

Inspired by "To Autumn":
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"Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry."
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Re: The face of Keats

Postby Saturn » Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:39 pm

Yes, about the first one, Byron certainly didn't think Keats was cute :wink:

The second is quite good, I like that, even if Keats does look like a bit like David Lee Roth circa 1984. :o
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Re: The face of Keats

Postby SnuggleKeats » Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:24 pm

Saturn wrote:Yes, about the first one, Byron certainly didn't think Keats was cute :wink:


Well, with Byron, I wouldn't be shocked - he simply never would've admitted it. :lol:
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Re: The face of Keats

Postby AsphodelElysium » Fri Oct 10, 2008 6:46 am

Saturn, David Lee Roth never looked that good, lol. ;)
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Re: The face of Keats

Postby Aquarius » Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:12 am

I discovered this amazing photo of Keats' life mask. It looks so real, I feel like any moment Keats is going to open his eyes and speak to me. He looks like he's having a peaceful sleep.

This link below takes you to a website featuring photographs by this photographer who took photos of the life and death masks of famous people for her book. There you'll also see her photos of the life/death masks of Coleridge, Blake, and others in this style.

http://www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2008/february/the-somnambulists

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Some more images I found: (the bust of Keats below is in Keats House)

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From Guy's Hospital:
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Re: The face of Keats

Postby Raphael » Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:00 pm

My favourite portrait is the second one on the first page of him with his hand under his chin and the open book in front of him on the desk. The portrait captures his sensitivity so well. I like the sculptures on this page also- he was a very good looking young man. I mean to visit Keats house in the near future- it looks so interesting. I bet it is full of atmosphere.
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Re: The face of Keats

Postby Saturn » Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:32 pm

It certainly is full of something; I felt a very strange feeling when I was there, I still can't quite explain what it was, only one word I can think of and that's that it had presence.
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Re: The face of Keats

Postby Raphael » Tue Oct 27, 2009 4:56 pm

Saturn wrote:It certainly is full of something; I felt a very strange feeling when I was there, I still can't quite explain what it was, only one word I can think of and that's that it had presence.


Wow did it? I'm really sensitive to atmospheres and presences myself so I hope I will feel this too when I go. I can't wait to go.I've had a look on the website and saw it got a lottery grant- that was money well spent! I feel quite moved seeing the brooch with the lock of his hair on the website- in my Spirit of Place book his hair is described as "glorious" and the colour of a sunset.
I wish I lived near the house as they want volunteers passionate about John Keats and his work!
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Re: The face of Keats

Postby Saturn » Tue Oct 27, 2009 5:40 pm

Raphael wrote:I wish I lived near the house as they want volunteers passionate about John Keats and his work!


Yeah me too, I'd love to work there.
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Re: The face of Keats

Postby Raphael » Tue Oct 27, 2009 5:48 pm

Saturn wrote:
Raphael wrote:I wish I lived near the house as they want volunteers passionate about John Keats and his work!


Yeah me too, I'd love to work there.


It would be very special I think. What do you think the presence you felt in the house is?
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Re: The face of Keats

Postby Malia » Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:51 pm

Just making a post here so that this thread will come to the top of the page--if anyone wants to see the image of Keats on board the Maria Crowther, it is on pg. 2 of this thread.
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Re: The face of Keats

Postby Raphael » Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:57 pm

My goodness- I had nevEr noticed this one, or if I did didn't realise it's him- he looks so different- yes his hair is so very short not like he normally looked like.
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Re: The face of Keats

Postby Nonedo » Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:04 pm

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To take into the air my quiet breath;
Now more than ever seems it rich to die,
To cease upon the midnight with no pain,
While thou art pouring forth thy soul abroad
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Re: The face of Keats

Postby Malia » Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:37 pm

Great Avitar, Nonedo :) Keats always looks great in a laurel crown!
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