Benjamin Robert Haydon
Benjamin Robert Haydon
by Sir David Wilkie
black and white chalk, 1815
5 in. x 7 3/4 in. (127 mm x 197 mm)
Given by Frederick Anthony White through the Art Fund, 1908
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- Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786-1846), History painter and diarist. Sitter in 10 portraits, Artist associated with 34 portraits.
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- Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841), Painter. Artist associated with 16 portraits, Sitter in 21 portraits.
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In October 1815 Haydon was in Brighton trying to recover his health and invited Sir David Wilkie to join him. According to Haydon 'Wilkie came and found me weak in eyes and body' but they had a 'very delightful time'. They were less interested in Nash's Pavilion, which was then in the early stages of being remodelled for the Prince Regent, than in Douglas's archaeological digs on the Downs. Wilkie's drawing records Haydon asleep, his glasses on and his hand on a book, suggesting the exhaustion of which he complained. The inscription on the bottom of the drawing reads 'a drawing by Sir David Wilkie of B.R. Haydon asleep / Lodging Clarence Place at Brighton 1815'.
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Current affairsJohn and James Leigh Hunt are released from prison after a two year sentence for slandering the Prince of Wales in their outspoken, radical periodical the Examiner.
Corn Laws are introduced to protect against the collapse in prices which would inevitably follow peace with France, prompting riots in London.
Art and scienceHumphry Davy invents the miners' safety lamp though its reception is clouded by William Clanny and George Stephenson who present rival models in the same year.
British Institution arranges first in innovative series of Old Master exhibitions
provoking virulent attack on its patrons for neglecting contemporary art.
InternationalNapoleon returns to France from exile in Elba and resumes power until his abdication on 22 June; a period known as the 'Hundred Days'.
Battle of Waterloo concludes the Anglo-French struggle that had lasted more than a century. Peace of Vienna establishes Britain's global political, economic and imperial dominance which lasts for the next hundred years.