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William Hayley (1745-1820), Poet and biographer

Sitter in 6 portraits
Poet and biographer. His Triumphs of Music (1804) was ridiculed by Byron. His Ballads on Animals (1805) were illustrated by his friend Blake. The patron of Romney and Flaxman, and the friend of Cowper and Southey who wrote of him, 'Everything about that man is good except his poetry'.

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William Hayley

by Henry Howard
oil on panel, circa 1800
NPG 662


William Hayley

by Johann Jacobé, after George Romney
mezzotint, 1779
NPG D10879


William Hayley

by Johann Jacobé, after George Romney
mezzotint, 1779
NPG D35634


William Hayley

by William Ridley, published by Vernor & Hood, after George Romney
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1802
NPG D23531


Frontispiece to the Second Volume of Hayley's Memoirs

by Caroline Watson, published by Henry Colburn & Co, published by Simpkin and Marshall, after George Romney
stipple engraving, published 10 April 1823
NPG D35635


William Hayley

by Johann Jacobé, after George Romney
mezzotint, 1779
NPG D19045

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