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An exhibition panel titled "Keats at Wentworth Place" and, below, a quote from John Keats on living at Wentworth.

Keats at Wentworth Place

  • 1 December 2018 – 28 April 2019
  • Entry included with admission price

The Keats brothers, John, George and Tom, first moved from Southwark to Hampstead in 1817, initially to benefit from its healthier environment. Situated eight miles outside London, it was then a small village, or more accurately, villages, on the edge of the Heath, already a popular leisure destination for Londoners. John Keats was also attracted by the creative people who lived there, including Leigh Hunt, who occupied a cottage in the Vale of Health.

George had already left for America when, on 1 December 1818, Tom died at their lodgings in Well Walk, Hampstead. John walked to Wentworth Place to tell his friends the Dilke family and Charles Brown the news, and was invited by Brown to come and live with him at the house. We do not know exactly when John Keats
moved in to Wentworth Place but in a letter to his brother George in December 1818 he writes:

'With Dilke and Brown I am quite thick – with Brown indeed I am going to domesticate – that is we shall keep house together.'

Keats lived at Wentworth Place on and off until September 1820, when he left for the final time to travel to Rome, where he died on 23 February 1821. During his time here, he produced many of the works for which he his now famous and formed friendships with people who championed his work and kept his legacy alive after his death. He also met and fell in love with Fanny Brawne, who lived at Wentworth Place from April 1819 to December 1831. ‘Keats at Wentworth Place’ seeks to evoke this specific moment in Keats’s life and place visitors in the setting of Hampstead at that time.

The exhibition is in the Gallery on the first floor, accessible only by stairs.

The Keats200 bicentenary is a celebration of Keats’s life, works and legacy, beginning in December 2018 through to February 2021 and beyond. It is led by three major partners - Keats House, Hampstead, The Keats Foundation and the Keats-Shelley House, Rome - and is open to all individuals and organisations who have an interest in Keats or poetry. The bicentenary of Keats’s most productive years as a poet, and the period when he found inspiration, friendship and love, is an exciting opportunity to (re)discover and enjoy his works as well as engage with poetry and its ongoing relevance to us all today. 

Published:
07 December 2017
Last Modified:
10 December 2018

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