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Benjamin Robert Haydon

(1786-1846), History painter and diarist

Regency Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 10 portraits
Artist associated with 34 portraits
The history painter Haydon was intensely ambitious and opinionated. He studied under the artist Fuseli. He was an ardent campaigner for public patronage of the arts and for the purchase of the Elgin Marbles in 1816. A friend of Wordsworth, Keats and Lamb, Haydon was convinced of his own towering genius, but apart from a couple of successes, his career as a history painter was ultimately a failure. Unwilling to compromise his ideals, he was endlessly in debt and was driven to suicide in 1846.

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Benjamin Robert Haydon, by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after  Sir David Wilkie - NPG D22577

Benjamin Robert Haydon

by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after Sir David Wilkie
etching, (1815)
NPG D22577

Benjamin Robert Haydon, by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after  John Philip Davis ('Pope' Davis) - NPG D22576

Benjamin Robert Haydon

by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after John Philip Davis ('Pope' Davis)
etching, (1816)
NPG D22576

Benjamin Robert Haydon; John Keats, by Arthur Dawson, after  John Keats, after  Benjamin Robert Haydon - NPG D36763

Benjamin Robert Haydon; John Keats

by Arthur Dawson, after John Keats, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
photograph, before 1934 (1816)
NPG D36763

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Benjamin Robert Haydon

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Henry Colburn
stipple engraving, published 1 December 1820
NPG D20454


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