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English poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) is widely credited with starting the Romantic Age in English literature in 1798, and many critics consider his most famous piece, "The Prelude" (1850), the very best of English romanticism. He worked on and revised "The Prelude" throughout his lifetime, but the poem wasn't published until several months after his death.
Unknown - portrait of Percy Shelley
This is a rare miniature portrait of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822). He was one of the major English Romantic poets and is critically regarded as among the finest lyric poets in the English language. Shelley was famous for his association with John Keats and Lord Byron. The novelist Mary Shelley was his second wife. The miniature is in a contemporary frame which is inscribed "Percy B Shelley 1792-1822". The writing style appears to be consistent with a date of around 1825.