Benjamin Robert Haydon

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

Benjamin Robert Haydon, by Georgiana Margaretta Zornlin, 1825 - NPG 510 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Benjamin Robert Haydon

by Georgiana Margaretta Zornlin
oil on canvas, 1825
27 in. x 22 1/2 in. (686 mm x 572 mm)
Given by Georgiana Margaretta Zornlin, 1878
Primary Collection
NPG 510


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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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This is an appropriately idiosyncratic portrait of Benjamin Robert Haydon, a highly opinionated and arrogant artist with a misplaced belief in his own abilities, now better remembered for his diaries and for his friendship with Keats and Wordsworth than he is for his sprawling canvases. His portrait was painted by Georgiana Margaretta Zornlin, when she was Haydon's pupil. She recalled working under his 'especial superintendence' with Haydon even providing and mixing the colours himself.

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