Image of Wordsworth at 250: a new exhibition

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Photo: Portrait of Wordsworth by Henry William Pickersgill (1833) © St John's College, Cambridge

Wordsworth at 250: a new exhibition

An undergraduate at St John's College, Cambridge from 1787 to 1791, William Wordsworth is arguably the College’s most famous alumnus. This exhibition showcases items from the Library’s Wordsworth Collection, which includes portraits and artefacts as well as signed manuscripts and printed books. Here you can view Wordsworth's face (as cast from life by the artist Benjamin Robert Haydon) and his breakfast tea cup (a gift from the art patron Sir George Beaumont), alongside letters to his eminent contemporaries and first-edition copies of his greatest works. The exhibition runs in the College Library from 20 January to 24 April 2020, and is open to all Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm (excluding public holidays). Booking is not required and entry is free. For those unable to visit Cambridge, a version of the exhibition can be viewed online at

Event Information

20th January to 24th April 2020
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
St John's College, Cambridge
South East CB2 1TP

Organised by St John's College Library

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