John Keats's Attitude to Lawyers

42 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2008 Last revised: 23 Mar 2018

Date Written: March 19, 2018


In one of his journal-letters to his brother George and sister-in-law Georgiana, John Keats expressed his disapproval of lawyers. The paper considers the cause of and justification for that disapproval, as well as other incidental matters, such as Keats's thoughts of becoming a physician in the then-divided medical profession and his attitude both to the Church and the clergy and to the American physical and cultural environment.

The paper includes: an image of a plaster cast taken from a life mask of Keats; and copies of seven contemporary satirical prints, one political in nature, the others depicting medical, clerical and legal men. It also includes copies of three contemporary topographical prints, one of Apothecaries Hall, one of the Bank of England and one of Girdlers' Hall. It further includes a copy of a painting of an archbishop wearing lawn sleeves.

Keywords: John Keats, lawyers, William Walton, medical profession, apothecaries, surgeons, physicians, clergy

Suggested Citation

Katz, Leslie, John Keats's Attitude to Lawyers (March 19, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

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