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James Henry Leigh Hunt

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James Henry Leigh Hunt, by Samuel Laurence, circa 1837 - NPG 2508 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

James Henry Leigh Hunt

by Samuel Laurence
oil on canvas, circa 1837
44 in. x 35 5/8 in. (1118 mm x 905 mm)
Given by the widow of the sitter's great-grandson, Mrs M.E. Leigh Hunt, 1931
Primary Collection
NPG 2508


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  • Samuel Laurence (1812-1884), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 33 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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The essayist and poet Leigh Hunt was the editor of a number of literary periodicals, including The Examiner, in which he published the works of Keats and Shelley, then little known. A friend of Byron, Lamb and many important writers, he was an influential figure in literary society. Though unfinished, this portrait of him reading was thought by both the poet's son and grandson to be 'by far the best existing'. Samuel Laurence was a friend of Leigh Hunt's and was married to his cousin.

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