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Benjamin Robert Haydon

1 of 10 portraits of Benjamin Robert Haydon

Benjamin Robert Haydon, by Sir David Wilkie, 1815 - NPG 1505 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

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
Primary Collection
NPG 1505


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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 15 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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