Sketch of William Wordsworth uncovered

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A little known drawing kept in a provincial British museum has been revealed to depict the product of a meeting between two of the country's most beloved and famous artistes.

The sparse sketch by John Constable has been identified as showing another 19th century artistic great - the poet William Wordsworth.

The drawing belonging to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) in Exeter, Devon, was being formatted for inclusion on the museum's website when the curator of art, John Madin, noticed the sitter's resemblance to other known images of the poet.

The National Portrait Gallery has now confirmed that the man in the drawing is Wordsworth, famous for works such as I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.

It is thought the drawing commemorates a meeting between the two in September 1806, when Constable visited the Lake District on a sketching tour.

"At that time Wordsworth was living at Dove Cottage in Grasmere and they met at a social gathering at nearby Brathay Hall where Constable was staying," a museum spokesman said....

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