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Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786-1846), History painter and diarist

Sitter in 10 portraits
Artist associated with 34 portraits
The history painter Haydon was intensely ambitious and opinionated. He studied under the artist Fuseli. He was an ardent campaigner for public patronage of the arts and for the purchase of the Elgin Marbles in 1816. A friend of Wordsworth, Keats and Lamb, Haydon was convinced of his own towering genius, but apart from a couple of successes, his career as a history painter was ultimately a failure. Unwilling to compromise his ideals, he was endlessly in debt and was driven to suicide in 1846.

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293

James Henry Leigh Hunt

by Benjamin Robert Haydon
oil on canvas, circa 1811
On display at Dove Cottage & Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere
NPG 293

2020

William Wordsworth

by Benjamin Robert Haydon
plaster cast of lifemask, 1815
NPG 2020

3250

Benjamin Robert Haydon; John Keats

by John Keats, and Benjamin Robert Haydon
pen and ink, 1816
NPG 3250

3251

John Keats

by Benjamin Robert Haydon
pen and ink, 1816
NPG 3251

686

John Keats

by Benjamin Robert Haydon
plaster cast of life-mask, 1816
NPG 686

686b

John Keats

by Elkington & Co, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
electrotype of life-mask, 1884 (1816)
On display at Dove Cottage & Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere
NPG 686b

686a

John Keats

by T. Sampson, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
oil on canvas, 1828 (1816)
NPG 686a

2423

Sir David Wilkie

by Benjamin Robert Haydon
pencil, 1816
NPG 2423

3687

William Wordsworth

by Benjamin Robert Haydon
chalk, 1818
NPG 3687

404

Mary Russell Mitford

by John Lucas, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
oil on millboard, feigned oval, circa 1853 (1824)
NPG 404

3784

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey

by Benjamin Robert Haydon
pencil, 1834
NPG 3784

599

The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840

by Benjamin Robert Haydon
oil on canvas, 1841
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 599

268

Benjamin Robert Haydon

by Benjamin Robert Haydon
oil on millboard, circa 1845
On display at Dove Cottage & Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere
NPG 268

Ax46229

William Wordsworth

by W. Baldry, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s (1842)
NPG Ax46229

D36763

Benjamin Robert Haydon; John Keats

by Arthur Dawson, after John Keats, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
photograph, before 1934 (1816)
NPG D36763

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