Keats-Shelley Memorial House

Keats-Shelley Memorial House Discover Rome's hidden secret.
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Situated at the right foot of the Spanish Steps, just a few steps away from Spagna metro station, the Keats-Shelley House is a museum dedicated to the British Romantic poets, who were spellbound by the Eternal City.

26 Piazza di Spagna is most famous for being the final dwelling place of John Keats, who died here in 1821, aged just 25, and to this day Keats’s bedroom is preserved as a shrine to h

is tragic story and extraordinary talent. Displayed through a chain of beautiful rooms, the collection contains a great many treasures and curiosities associated with the lives and works of the Romantic poets, as well as one of the finest libraries of Romantic literature in the world; now numbering more than 8,000 volumes. In addition to the exhibition rooms, there are two spacious terraces boasting stunning views, a book and gift shop, and a small cinema room where visitors can watch an exclusive introductory film about the Romantics. Group visits and talks are available by booking, and the rooms of the House and its terrace are also available for private hire by contacting us.

Happy New Year from the Keats-Shelley House!
31/12/2023

Happy New Year from the Keats-Shelley House!

Happy Holidays from the Keats-Shelley House!
24/12/2023

Happy Holidays from the Keats-Shelley House!

  This is a manuscript of the poem ‘In Drear-Nighted December’ by John Keats. Keats probably wrote this poem while he wa...
21/12/2023


This is a manuscript of the poem ‘In Drear-Nighted December’ by John Keats. Keats probably wrote this poem while he was finishing the composition of Endymion, in December 1817. The song remained unpublished until 1829 when it was first printed in the Literary Gazette issue of 19 September of that year.
In 2017 the Keats-Shelley House acquired this manuscript of the song, which at the time had not been seen for 140 years. Long considered to be in the handwriting of Keats, but actually in the hand of John Hamilton Reynolds, a close friend of the poet - the two had a very similar handwriting - this is the earliest extant source of ‘In Drear Nighted December’. Presumably, this version could be Keats’s original first draft of the song as it preserves a number of textual variants.

It's always spring at the Keats-Shelley House. The roses on our terrace are blooming!
16/12/2023

It's always spring at the Keats-Shelley House. The roses on our terrace are blooming!

Take a look at last week's opening of our new exhibition Serious and Lively: Leigh Hunt and Romanticism. The exhibition ...
15/12/2023

Take a look at last week's opening of our new exhibition Serious and Lively: Leigh Hunt and Romanticism. The exhibition spotlights Leigh Hunt, one of the brightest literary figures in nineteenth-century Britain. Focusing on his key role as an intellectual during the Romantic period, the exhibition looks at his relationship with the three main second-generation Romantic poets: Keats, Shelley and Byron. If you missed the opening don’t worry, the exhibition is on until 12 April 2024.

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 John Keats and Joseph Severn were friends when they embarked on their journey to Italy although they weren’t yet close ...
07/12/2023



John Keats and Joseph Severn were friends when they embarked on their journey to Italy although they weren’t yet close companions. They had met through their mutual friend William Haslam, and were known to visit museums in London together. But what was the reason Severn decided to accompany Keats on his trip to Italy? In February 1820 Keats found out he was sick with tuberculosis. At that time there was no cure for the disease, but it was known that patients might get some relief in a warmer climate. At the end of the summer of 1820 the poet’s friends noticed that his health had not improved during the warmer season. Fearing that the English winter might be fatal to him, they decided to step in and lend him the money for his journey to Italy. In mid-August proper arrangements for the trip started to be made. The timing was essential as Keats’s friends believed he should leave before fall and winter started, but someone had to accompany him. Keats wanted to travel with his closest friend, Charles Brown, with whom he had lived and travelled before. However, at that time Brown was travelling to Scotland. Eventually, Joseph Severn generously offered to go with him. Severn, a painter, had won a travelling scholarship from the Royal Academy of Arts that would cover the cost of his trip to Rome. Severn became a truly devoted friend for Keats, nursing him till the end, through the most difficult moments of his life. To celebrate the anniversary of Severn’s birthday, who was born on this day in 1793, we’re sharing this self-portrait of him which now belongs to our collection.

Today we are deeply saddened to hear of the death of the British poet and activist, Benjamin Zephaniah. Remembered as th...
07/12/2023

Today we are deeply saddened to hear of the death of the British poet and activist, Benjamin Zephaniah. Remembered as the people’s poet, Zephaniah’s work was dedicated to political injustice. One of his great heroes was P. B. Shelley, who Zephaniah admired for his radicalism and talent:

‘Shelley’s my man…His ability to connect poetry to the concerns of everyday people was central to his poetic purpose, and those everyday people understood that he did not simply do arts for art’s sake, this was art that was uncompromisingly revolutionary, he wrote for the masses.’

https://benjaminzephaniah.com/my-man-shelley/

La Keats-Shelley House è lieta di invitarvi all'inaugurazione di 'Serious and Lively: Leigh Hunt and Romanticism', una m...
30/11/2023

La Keats-Shelley House è lieta di invitarvi all'inaugurazione di 'Serious and Lively: Leigh Hunt and Romanticism', una mostra temporanea, il 7 dicembre 2023 alle 18.00.

La mostra resterà aperta fino al 12 aprile 2024.

La serata inaugurale prevede una presentazione curatoriale alle ore 18:30. La mostra sarà gratuita solo la sera dell'inaugurazione, ed è necessaria la prenotazione ([email protected]).

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 The marble fireplace in John Keats's bedroom is one of the three features, along with the ceilings and floors, that sur...
28/11/2023



The marble fireplace in John Keats's bedroom is one of the three features, along with the ceilings and floors, that survived from the time when the poet lived in the apartment in Piazza di Spagna. After Keats died all the furniture on his side of the apartment was burnt to prevent the spread of tuberculosis. Fear of the disease (then known as consumption) was high as it had such a high mortality rate and at the time there was no cure.

The fireplace was regularly used by Joseph Severn to warm Keats's room and to prepare meals for his friend. In fact, although sometimes they would order food from the nearby Trattoria della Lepre, Severn regularly cooked for Keats using the fireplace, as recorded in a letter he wrote to the Brawne family 11 dated January 1821:

“For Three weeks I have never left him… I light the fire, make his breakfast & sometimes am obliged to cook…”

How did Machiavelli and Plato influence Mary Shelley in the composition of her novel Valperga? To find out join us for t...
17/11/2023

How did Machiavelli and Plato influence Mary Shelley in the composition of her novel Valperga?
To find out join us for the talk 'Mary Shelley's Symposium' by Prof. Michael Rossington, on Tuesday 21 November at 5pm.

Admission is Free but booking is required due to the limited number of spaces. For those unable to attend in person the talk will also be streamed on zoom. Write to [email protected].

On Tuesday 21 November at 5pm join us for Prof. Michael Rossington’s talk ‘Mary Shelley’s Symposium: the ruling principl...
15/11/2023

On Tuesday 21 November at 5pm join us for Prof. Michael Rossington’s talk ‘Mary Shelley’s Symposium: the ruling principle of love in Valperga’, on the influences of Plato and Machiavelli in Mary Shelley’s novel Valperga.
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Admission is Free but booking is required due to the limited number of spaces. Write to [email protected].

On Tuesday 21 November at 5pm, don’t miss Prof. Michael Rossington’s talk ‘Mary Shelley’s Symposium: the ruling principl...
13/11/2023

On Tuesday 21 November at 5pm, don’t miss Prof. Michael Rossington’s talk ‘Mary Shelley’s Symposium: the ruling principle of love in Valperga’, on the influences of Plato and Machiavelli in Mary Shelley’s novel Valperga.

To reserve a place please write to [email protected]

 This marble bust was made in 1840. Currently on display in the Salone, it has recently been acquired by the museum in p...
08/11/2023



This marble bust was made in 1840. Currently on display in the Salone, it has recently been acquired by the museum in preparation for next year’s celebrations of the bicentenary of Byron’s death – Byron died in Greece in 1824. The bust was made by the Florentine court sculptor Ottaviano Giovannozzi. An earlier copy from 1823 is part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection. Fascination with Byron’s image was in part cultivated by his literary publisher, John Murray, who as early as 1812 sought to include Byron’s face in the frontispiece to his hugely successful poem, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. From this point onwards, Byron and his image were inseparable.

Don't miss our next event!A reading of Asylum, a poetry sequence by award-winning cine-poet and writer, Graham Roos, on ...
07/11/2023

Don't miss our next event!
A reading of Asylum, a poetry sequence by award-winning cine-poet and writer, Graham Roos, on Thursday 9 November at 5 p.m.

This event is FREE but booking is required. Please write to [email protected]

British School at Rome, the BSR

Last Saturday, poet and writer Amelia Loulli led a brilliant poetry workshop in the museum. As a group we were treated t...
06/11/2023

Last Saturday, poet and writer Amelia Loulli led a brilliant poetry workshop in the museum. As a group we were treated to some of Amelia's favourite poems about the everyday and then encouraged to write our own work using free writing, lists and short exercises to get ideas onto the page. It was an inspiring and energising afternoon for everyone who joined. Thank you Amelia for sharing your passion for poetry and for stirring our creativity!

British School at Rome, the BSR Amelia Loulli

On Thursday 9 November at 5pm join us for an afternoon of poetry readings from Asylum, a poetry sequence by award-winnin...
06/11/2023

On Thursday 9 November at 5pm join us for an afternoon of poetry readings from Asylum, a poetry sequence by award-winning cine-poet and writer Graham Roos.

Graham Roos’ work has spanned the media of theatre, film, opera, poetry, music, and text.
He is currently working on Tree Father - a cine-poem documenting the life of a 2000-year-old Yew Tree in the Peak District and The Devil’s Last Dance a play based on the last few months of Lord Byron’s life.

Admission is Free but booking is required due to the limited number of spaces (write to [email protected]).

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 This travel writing-desk once belonged to Mary Shelley. The desk, which at the museum we jokingly call ‘Mary Shelley’s ...
01/11/2023



This travel writing-desk once belonged to Mary Shelley. The desk, which at the museum we jokingly call ‘Mary Shelley’s laptop’, or slope – to use its technical name – even includes a brass plaque with the name of the writer, on the lid. It remained in Mary Shelley’s possession until her death in 1851, at which point it was passed on to the care of the writer’s son, Percy Florence, and his wife Jane, Lady Shelley, who had become very close to her mother-in-law and particularly so in the later years of her life. A symbol of their relationship remains attached to the slope in the form of a pink ribbon and wax seal which belonged to Lady Shelley.
The desk has remained with the family and has been given as a long-term loan to the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association by its owner, the present-day Lord Abinger, who is the closest living descendant of P. B. Shelley.
Lord Abinger recalls that ‘My father used to tell the children that we should not open the box, as it contained Shelley's heart! A macabre rumour and completely unfounded of course, but it kept our prying hands away from it until we were old enough to appreciate the desk. Had we known there were secret compartments in those days, I am sure they would have been investigated!’
There are indeed hidden compartments in the slope, and its underside still bears some damage from when it was forcibly entered to access a hidden drawer, a move encouraged by leading Mary Shelley scholar Betty Bennett, who believed that a missing Mary Shelley’s journal was enclosed within. The drawer was later found to be empty.

Who knows if Mary Shelley wrote her famous novel ‘Frankenstein’ on this slope? What do you think?

Happy birthday John Keats!Today it's the anniversary of Keats's birthday. He was born   in 1795.When old age shall this ...
31/10/2023

Happy birthday John Keats!
Today it's the anniversary of Keats's birthday. He was born in 1795.

When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say'st,
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."

Do you want to try your hand at poetry?Join us for Everywhere a Poem, a poetry workshop with award-winning poet Amelia L...
26/10/2023

Do you want to try your hand at poetry?

Join us for Everywhere a Poem, a poetry workshop with award-winning poet Amelia Loulli, focussing on the power of curiosity and how we can make poems out of our everyday observations.
This workshop is for everyone from poetry enthusiasts to poetry beginners. Come along!

Amelia Loulli is a poet, essayist and PhD researcher at Newcastle University. Currently writer in residence at the British School at Rome, Amelia's debut collection, Slip, will be published by Jonathan Cape in May 2024.

Participation is Free but booking is required due to the limited number of spaces (write to [email protected]).

 This edition of the Odyssey once belonged to Percy Bysshe Shelley. It has been on display in the museum antechamber, to...
24/10/2023


This edition of the Odyssey once belonged to Percy Bysshe Shelley. It has been on display in the museum antechamber, together with other books that once belonged to the Shelley family, since 2013.
The collection includes life-time editions of works by Shelley’s in-laws, William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, as well as Mary Shelley, Leigh Hunt, and other contemporary writers as well as Percy Bysshe Shelley’s fabled “Grenville Homer” and his and his wife’s copies of Horace, Lucan, and Ariosto – part of “the choice society of all ages” that they had packed in a trunk and carried to Italy with them at the time of their exile. These books, which are all inscribed with their owners’ name, convey the picture of a living, breathing library.
They are beautiful scholarly editions full of markings and annotations that reveal the Shelleys’ literary interests and their various modes of engagement with the great works of the past. Above all, they testify to the centrality of reading in the Shelleys’ life and their close collaboration as students of both classic and modern European literatures.

Don't miss 'Everywhere a Poem', a poetry workshop with award-winning poet, Amelia Loulli, focussing on the power of curi...
20/10/2023

Don't miss 'Everywhere a Poem', a poetry workshop with award-winning poet, Amelia Loulli, focussing on the power of curiosity and how we can make poems out of our everyday observations, on Saturday 4 November 4-6pm.

To reserve a spot please write to [email protected]

Today we celebrate the birthday of Leigh Hunt, poet, journalist and literary critic. Leigh Hunt discovered and introduce...
19/10/2023

Today we celebrate the birthday of Leigh Hunt, poet, journalist and literary critic. Leigh Hunt discovered and introduced the public to the poetry of John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley, as well as Alfred Tennyson and many others.

Later this year we will be opening a new display on Leigh Hunt and his role within the Romantic movement. Stay tuned for more details!

Images: Leigh Hunt (left aged 17, right aged 66)

 This miniature portrait of John Keats was painted by Joseph Severn, and it shows Keats at the age of 23. It is the best...
17/10/2023



This miniature portrait of John Keats was painted by Joseph Severn, and it shows Keats at the age of 23. It is the best known image of the poet, and several posthumous portraits and engravings were based on it. The original watercolour was exhibited by Severn at the Royal Academy in 1819, together with his painting 'Hermia and Helena.’
Keats must have liked it as he gave it to F***y Brawne shortly before he left for Italy in 1820.
The painting in our collection is one of the several copies that Severn made for Keats’s friends.

Ringraziamo l'autrice Graziella Riviera e l'editore Centro Studi Piemontesi per la presentazione del libro Arrivi di Mar...
14/10/2023

Ringraziamo l'autrice Graziella Riviera e l'editore Centro Studi Piemontesi per la presentazione del libro Arrivi di Mare, presso la Keats-Shelley House lo scorso giovedì. Ecco alcune foto dell'evento.

Giovedì 19 ottobre alle 17.00 vi aspettiamo alla Keats-Shelley House per la presentazione del libro Essere figlio di Osc...
13/10/2023

Giovedì 19 ottobre alle 17.00 vi aspettiamo alla Keats-Shelley House per la presentazione del libro Essere figlio di Oscar Wilde.

Recentemente pubblicato in Italia da La Lepre Edizioni e tradotto da Lucia Matano, Essere figlio di Oscar Wilde, è un libro di Vyvyan Holland, secondogenito di Oscar Wilde e della moglie Constance Lloyd.

La pesante ombra dello scandalo che colpì il padre all’apice del successo trasformò un’infanzia felice in un susseguirsi di eventi dolorosi, di avversità e rinunce. Holland ci racconta i suoi ricordi, ricostruendo in parte la biografia del padre senza cedere mai al rancore o all’autocommiserazione, ma anche l’importanza e la forza d’animo della figura della madre, Constance. Holland dà vita a un gioiello, che permette a tutti i lettori, agli studiosi e agli appassionati del celebre scrittore di rileggere la sua vita da una prospettiva diversa, mettendone in luce aspetti sconosciuti e sorprendenti.

L'ingresso è gratuito, ma la prenotazione è consigliata a causa del numero limitato di posti (scrivere a [email protected]).

 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧Do you know where P.B. Shelley composed Prometheus Unbound?Shelley composed Prometheus Unbound at the Baths of Ca...
12/10/2023



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Do you know where P.B. Shelley composed Prometheus Unbound?

Shelley composed Prometheus Unbound at the Baths of Caracalla while living in Rome between March and June 1819. As he wrote in the preface, the poem: was chiefly written upon the mountainous ruins of the Baths of Caracalla, among the flowery glades, and thickets of odoriferous blossoming trees, which are extended in ever winding labyrinths upon its immense platforms and dizzy arches suspended in the air. The bright blue sky of Rome, and the effect of the vigorous awakening spring in that divinest climate, and the new life with which it drenches the spirits even to intoxication, were the inspiration of this drama.

This portrait, ‘Shelley Composing “Prometheus Unbound” in the Baths of Caracalla,’ was commissioned from Joseph Severn by the Shelleys’ son, Percy Florence. Severn based the figure of Shelley on Amelia Curran’s portrait, which Mary Shelley had lent to him. He made two exact copies of the painting. This one was given to the Keats-Shelley House by his son, Arthur Severn. The other is still in the possession of Shelley’s descendants.

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Sapete dove P.B. Shelley ha composto il "Prometeo liberato"?

Shelley compose il "Prometeo liberato" alle Terme di Caracalla mentre viveva a Roma tra il marzo e il giugno del 1819. Come scrisse nella prefazione, il poema: «fu scritto principalmente sulle rovine montuose delle Terme di Caracalla, tra le radure fiorite e i boschetti di odorosi alberi in fiore, che si estendono in labirinti sempre più tortuosi sui suoi immensi spiazzi e sui suoi archi vertiginosi sospesi nell'aria. Il cielo azzurro di Roma e l'effetto del vigoroso risveglio della primavera in quel clima divino, e la rinnovata vita con cui inonda gli spiriti fino all'ebbrezza, sono stati l'ispirazione di questo dramma».

Questo ritratto, "Shelley che compone 'Prometheus Unbound' alle Terme di Caracalla", fu commissionato a Joseph Severn dal figlio degli Shelley, Percy Florence. Severn basò la figura di Shelley sul ritratto di Amelia Curran, che Mary Shelley gli aveva prestato. Realizzò due copie esatte del dipinto. Questa è stata donata alla Keats-Shelley House da suo figlio, Arthur Severn. L'altra è ancora in possesso dei discendenti di Shelley.

Thank you Quarta Parete: note di teatro, musica e arte. Il gruppo for this lovely article on the museum!
12/10/2023

Thank you Quarta Parete: note di teatro, musica e arte. Il gruppo for this lovely article on the museum!

Accanto a Trinità dei Monti si trova la casa del poeta John Keats dove ha vissuto ed è morto nel […]

Vi aspettiamo domani 12 ottobre alle ore 17 per la presentazione del libro di Graziella Riviera, Arrivi di mare, che nar...
11/10/2023

Vi aspettiamo domani 12 ottobre alle ore 17 per la presentazione del libro di Graziella Riviera, Arrivi di mare, che narra la storia della comunità anglo-italiana nei primi decenni del 1800, e in particolare la vita degli Shelley, di Lord Byron e della loro cerchia di amici nell'Italia di quegli anni.

Per prenotarvi scrivete a [email protected].

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«L'idea di farsi costruire uno yacht non era stata di lord Byron. Ma poi l'entusiasmo di Shelley, il cui agile schooner ...
10/10/2023

«L'idea di farsi costruire uno yacht non era stata di lord Byron. Ma poi l'entusiasmo di Shelley, il cui agile schooner stava prendendo forma nei cantieri di Genova, aveva finito per contagiarlo. Percy Bysshe Shelley progettava di lasciare Pisa per trasferirsi in qualche località solitaria sulla costa ligure.
Cercava il contatto diretto col mare e la natura, e pensava che una barca avrebbe favorito la sua ispirazione.
La piccola comunità di artisti inglesi - irregolare, spregiudicata, politicamente sospetta - che da un anno viveva nella città toscana, stava dunque per separarsi…»

Curiosi di saperne di più? Vi aspettiamo giovedì 12 alle 17.00 per la presentazione del libro Arrivi di mare di Graziella Riviera.

L'ingresso è libero ma la prenotazione è consigliata a causa del numero limitato di posti. Per prenotare un posto scrivere a [email protected]

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Piazza Di Spagna, 26
Rome
00187

Orario di apertura

Lunedì 10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 18:00
Martedì 10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 18:00
Mercoledì 10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 18:00
Giovedì 10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 18:00
Venerdì 10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 18:00
Sabato 10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 18:00

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Discover Rome’s hidden Romantic secret

Situated at the right foot of the Spanish Steps, just a few steps away from Spagna metro station, the Keats-Shelley House is a museum dedicated to the English Romantic poets, who were spellbound by the Eternal City.

26 Piazza di Spagna is most famous for being the final dwelling place of John Keats, who died here in 1821, aged just 25, and to this day Keats’s bedroom is preserved as a shrine to his tragic story and extraordinary talent.

Displayed through a chain of beautiful rooms, the collection contains a great many treasures and curiosities associated with the lives and works of the Romantic poets, as well as one of the finest libraries of Romantic literature in the world; now numbering more than 8,000 volumes.

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