Joseph Severn

British, b.1793, d.1872

Portrait of John Crossley of Scaitcliffe M.A. Todmorden

  • 1851
  • Oil on canvas on board
  • Presented by Mrs Turnbull, 1981
  • 1400 x 1100mm
  • 81/06

Joseph Severn is best-known for his friendship with John Keats and the portraits he made of him before the poet’s death in Rome in 1821. Severn’s portrait of Todmorden landowner and barrister John Crossley was brought to New Zealand by descendants of his heir and nephew, early Canterbury sheep farmer Croslegh Dampier-Crossley.

(Out of Time, 23 September 2023 – 28 April 2024)

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Exhibition History

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