NEELE, Henry (1798–1828), poet and writer. Silhouette 52 x 85mm, in a leather frame, 96 x 119mm. Inscribed on the reverse "Henry Neele the Poet. Taken at Margate in the Autumn of 1823".
Henry Neele was born in London and joined a firm of solicitors, whilst devoting his spare time to literature and poetry. In March 1823, a few months before this silhouette was taken, his Poems Dramatic and Miscellaneous was published, which attracted much interest, making him a popular contributor to magazines and annuals. Following the large amount of work he devoted in 1827 to producing a collected edition of his poems in two volumes, and his Romance of English History in three volumes, he committed suicide in February 1828 at his home in Castle Street, Marylebone. (ODNB)