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William Hilton (1786-1839), History painter

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 60 portraits
William Hilton was apprenticed to the engraver John Raphael Smith in 1800, and he began studying at the Royal Academy schools in 1806. In 1813, he was elected an associate of the academy, in 1819 a full academician, and he became keeper of the academy in 1827. Hilton was a keen advocate of historical painting at a time when prevailing tastes were more in favour of portraiture and landscapes. His friends included John Taylor, John Keats, Charles Lamb and John Clare, whose portrait he painted.