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The Poet

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Description Dated March 8, 1815, Leslie's holograph written in the form of an IOU gently mocks the high-flown sentiments of this genre and draws on a long history of satirical depictions of impoverished poets. This holograph is likely to have come into the Walters' collection from that of another Baltimore collector, Robert Gilmor. Gilmor published a catalogue of his collection that he described as "for the use of my friends, that they might know what autographs I had, & consequently what I had not, & which when in their honor to supply would be acceptable."
Date Description Narrative
2/12/1978Examinationexamined for loan
  • Return to Albion: Americans in England, 1760-1940. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington. 1979.
  • American Drawings from the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
  • Great Illustrations: Drawings and Books from the Walters' Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance Robert Gilmor, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown] (?); Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ink on paper
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H: 9 1/2 x W: 8 in. (24.2 x 20.3 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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