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James Henry Leigh Hunt (1784-1859), Poet, essayist and critic

Sitter associated with 11 portraits
A poet and essayist best known for his promotion of younger writers such as Keats and Shelley. In 1808, he established a political periodical called the Examiner. Celebrated for its reformist line, the Examiner also promoted the work of Keats, Shelley, Charles Lamb and William Hazlitt. It deliberately antagonised the government and in 1812, Hunt and his brother John were sentenced for an article criticizing the Prince Regent. It continued in production from their prison cells, but lost momentum after their release. In 1822, Leigh Hunt travelled to Italy with Shelley and Byron and founded a radical journal called The Liberal.

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James Henry Leigh Hunt

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


James Henry Leigh Hunt

by Thomas Charles Wageman
pencil, 1815
NPG 4505


James Henry Leigh Hunt

by Samuel Laurence
oil on canvas, circa 1837
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2508


James Henry Leigh Hunt

by Margaret Gillies
watercolour and gouache on ivory, 1838-1846
NPG 1267


James Henry Leigh Hunt

by James Charles Armytage, published by Smith, Elder & Co, after Joseph Severn
stipple engraving, (circa 1810)
NPG D15734


James Henry Leigh Hunt

by Henry Meyer, after John Hayter
line engraving, published 1828
NPG D3289


James Henry Leigh Hunt

by Unknown artist
lithograph, mid 19th century
NPG D36389


Probably James Henry Leigh Hunt, formerly called Percy Bysshe Shelley

by Ellen Maurice Heath, after William Edward West
oil on board
NPG D42249


James Henry Leigh Hunt

by Daniel Maclise
lithograph, published 1873
NPG D3288


James Henry Leigh Hunt

by Samuel Freeman, after William Mineard Bennett
stipple engraving, circa 1805
NPG D11203


James Henry Leigh Hunt

by Unknown artist
watercolour, 1820s-1830s
NPG D5600