John Clare

1 portrait on display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery

John Clare, by William Hilton, 1820 - NPG 1469 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Clare

by William Hilton
oil on canvas, 1820
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
Purchased, 1907
Primary Collection
NPG 1469


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  • John Clare (1793-1864), Poet. Sitter associated with 4 portraits.

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  • William Hilton (1786-1839), History painter. Artist associated with 60 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Commissioned by his publisher John Taylor in 1820, this painting prompted one art critic to observe: 'What life in the eyes! What ardent thirst for excellence, and what flexibility and susceptibility to the outward impression in the quivering lips !'

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