Samuel Rogers (1763-1855). Poet and banker. Entered the banking firm in which his father was a partner in Cornhill London. Contributed to the Gentleman' s Magazine in 1781. His Pleasures of Memory was published in 1792 and won him considerable popularity. Following the death of his father he had the means to cultivate eminent people of the time. Developed his taste as a connoisseur and visited Paris. Occupied a powerful and influential position in London cultural society and surrounded himself with the great personalities of the age. Declined the Laureateship in 1850. Published a poetic travel book Italy in 1822 and republished it with Turner vignettes in 1830. This was seen by Ruskin in 1832 which stimulated his desire for Continental travel. (See Ruskin and Rogers.)