Authors

From Dickens’s urban underworlds and the polite society of Jane Austen to the radical politics of William Blake and the fantasy worlds of the Brontë sisters, explore 22 iconic authors from the Romantic and Victorian periods.

Jane Austen, author of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. Portrait by her sister, Cassandra Austen © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Jane Austen

1775 - 1817

Novelist

William Blake, author of Songs of Innocence and Experience. Portrait by Thomas Phillips © National Portrait Gallery, London.

William Blake

1757 - 1827

Poet, Artist, Printer

Emily Brontë, author of Wuthering Heights. Portrait by Patrick Branwell Brontë © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Emily Brontë

1818 - 1848

Novelist, Poet

Charlotte Brontë, author of Jane Eyre. Painting by George Richmond © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Charlotte Brontë

1816 - 1855

Novelist

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, author of Sonnets from the Portuguese and Aurora Leigh. Portrait by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

1806 - 1861

Poet

Robert Burns, author of Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect. Portrait by Alexander Nasmyth © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Robert Burns

1759 - 1796

Poet

Lord George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, author of Don Juan and Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Portrait by Richard Westall © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Lord Byron

1788 - 1824

Poet

Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Photograph portrait © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Lewis Carroll

1832 - 1898

Novelist

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, author of ‘Kubla Khan’ and ‘Christabel’. Portrait by Peter Vandyke © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

1772 - 1834

Poet

Photograph of Victorian novelist Charles Dickens, author of over 15 novels including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol.

Charles Dickens

1812 - 1870

Novelist, Journalist

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), author of Middlemarch, Adam Bede and The Mill on the Floss. Portrait by Sir Frederic William Burton © National Portrait Gallery, London.

George Eliot

1819 - 1880

Novelist, Journalist

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, author of Cranford and North and South. Portrait by George Richmond © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Elizabeth Gaskell

1810 - 1865

Novelist, Journalist

Thomas Hardy, author of Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure and Far From The Madding Crowd. Portrait photograph by W. & D. Downey.

Thomas Hardy

1840 - 1928

Novelist, Poet

John Keats, author of ‘Hyperion’ and ‘To Autumn’. Portrait by Joseph Severn © National Portrait Gallery, London.

John Keats

1795 - 1821

Poet

Christina Rossetti, author of ‘Goblin Market’, ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’ and ‘Remember’. Drawing by Dante Rossetti.

Christina Rossetti

1830 - 1894

Poet