The Anti-Slavery Society Convention
Benjamin Robert Haydon
by Georgiana Margaretta Zornlin
In 1812 Haydon proposed decorating the Houses of Parliament with historical subjects but was later beaten to the commission. Monumental works such as The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840 gave him some scope to realise his ideals. Despite a degree of success, Haydon was convinced of his failure as an artist and took his own life in 1846. He left behind numerous diaries full of information about contemporary politics, people and paintings which provide an unparalleled insight into the Regency age.