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ITEM Identifier: MS Keats 10, (57)

The Severn family. Digital


  • Creation: 1752-1963

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Physical Description

1 sheet in 1 folder.

Conditions Governing Access

A portion of this collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


18 linear feet (39 boxes)

Physical Location

Harvard Depository, MS, b

General note

"(Original miniature now in the Keats Memorial House). Tom Severn (second on left) helped his brother Joseph get his trunk to the dock and was there to say farewell where the vessel sailed. Joseph S., Keats' friend, the painter of the picture, does not appear in the family group. This portrait meantime, on ivory, was taken to Rome by Severn & was in the room where Keats died. Severn mentions in his early letters from Rome how friends & the Italians admired it."

Includes the following image:

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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