Samuel Rogers (1763-1855) was a minor poet and an important collector of art. Although not everyone rated Rogers' poetic talents highly, his verses were popular and he commissioned J.M.W. Turner to illustrate two of his poetry collections.
A National Gallery Trustee from 1834, Rogers bequeathed three works to the Gallery: Titian's Noli Me Tangere; A Knight in Armour by an imitator of Giorgione and Ecce Homo after Guido Reni.
This is a replica of an earlier portrait dated 1835 and now in the Tate, London. Both versions are painted on wooden panel; the original version is slightly smaller. In each, only the face is painted to any degree of finish and the pose is identical. Linnell painted the o...