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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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Benjamin Robert Haydon

by Sir David Wilkie
black and white chalk, 1815
NPG 1505


Benjamin Robert Haydon; John Keats

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


Benjamin Robert Haydon

by Unknown artist
plaster cast of life-mask, circa 1820
NPG 2802


Benjamin Robert Haydon

by Unknown artist
plaster cast of life-mask, circa 1820
NPG 2172


Benjamin Robert Haydon

by Georgiana Margaretta Zornlin
oil on canvas, 1825
NPG 510


Benjamin Robert Haydon

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


Benjamin Robert Haydon

by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after Sir David Wilkie
etching, (1815)
NPG D22577


Benjamin Robert Haydon

by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after John Philip ('Pope') Davis
etching, (1816)
NPG D22576


Benjamin Robert Haydon; John Keats

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


Benjamin Robert Haydon

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Henry Colburn
stipple engraving, published 1 December 1820
NPG D20454


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