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Leigh Hunt

(1784-1859), Poet, essayist and critic

James Henry Leigh Hunt

Regency Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 11 portraits
A poet and essayist best known for his promotion of younger writers such as Keats and Shelley. In 1808, he established a political periodical called the Examiner. Celebrated for its reformist line, the Examiner also promoted the work of Keats, Shelley, Charles Lamb and William Hazlitt. It deliberately antagonised the government and in 1812, after a string of libel charges, Hunt and his brother John were sentenced for an article criticising the Prince Regent. Although the Examiner continued in production from his prison cell, it lost momentum after the his release. In 1822, Leigh Hunt travelled to Italy with Shelley and Byron and founded a short-lived radical journal called The Liberal.

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Leigh Hunt, by John Carr (or James Charles) Armytage, published by  Smith, Elder & Co, after  Joseph Severn - NPG D15734

Leigh Hunt

by John Carr (or James Charles) Armytage, published by Smith, Elder & Co, after Joseph Severn
stipple engraving, (circa 1810)
NPG D15734

Leigh Hunt, by Unknown artist - NPG D5600

Leigh Hunt

by Unknown artist
watercolour, 1820s-1830s
NPG D5600

Leigh Hunt, by Henry Meyer, after  John Hayter - NPG D3289

Leigh Hunt

by Henry Meyer, after John Hayter
line engraving, published 1828
NPG D3289

Leigh Hunt, by Unknown artist - NPG D36389

Leigh Hunt

by Unknown artist
lithograph, mid 19th century
NPG D36389

Leigh Hunt, by Daniel Maclise - NPG D3288

Leigh Hunt

by Daniel Maclise
lithograph, published 1873
NPG D3288

Probably Leigh Hunt, formerly called Percy Bysshe Shelley, by Ellen Maurice ('Nellie') Heath, after  William Edward West - NPG D42249

Probably Leigh Hunt, formerly called Percy Bysshe Shelley

by Ellen Maurice ('Nellie') Heath, after William Edward West
oil on board
NPG D42249

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Leigh Hunt

by Samuel Freeman, after William Mineard Bennett
stipple engraving, circa 1805
NPG D11203

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