Coleridge Portrait

sculpture by Christopher Smith

This portrait was commisioned as part of a temporary, collaborative installation at Dohm Alley, Princeton, NJ with the theme celebrating the English Romatic poets. Landscape architects, architects, and sculptors pooled their labor and passions to evoke the various themes and lives of the poets. I chose to sculpt William Taylor Coleridge. The portrait was done from a image of his death mask which is in Princeton's University's collection. The dome above his head nods to his poem Kubla Kahn and its pleasure dome. The color of the cement cast reaches back to the slate gravestones of England. The dates at the bottom of the relief are his birth and death. The ligature between those dates are of his initials in his cursive style.