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Benjamin Robert Haydon

(1786-1846), History painter and diarist

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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John Keats, by Arthur Dawson, after  Benjamin Robert Haydon - NPG D36764

John Keats

by Arthur Dawson, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
photograph, before 1934 (1816)
NPG D36764

John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, by Benjamin Robert Haydon, printed by  Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D39922

John Russell, 1st Earl Russell

by Benjamin Robert Haydon, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 1 June 1833
NPG D39922

The Reform Banquet at Guildhall, July 11th 1832, by William Bromley, after  Benjamin Robert Haydon - NPG D11095

The Reform Banquet at Guildhall, July 11th 1832

by William Bromley, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
etching, 1835
NPG D11095

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey ('Shall I Resign?'), by George Raphael Ward, printed by  Dixon & Ross, published by  Sir Francis Graham Moon, 1st Bt, after  Benjamin Robert Haydon - NPG D34956

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey ('Shall I Resign?')

by George Raphael Ward, printed by Dixon & Ross, published by Sir Francis Graham Moon, 1st Bt, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
mezzotint, published 1 February 1836
NPG D34956

'The Abolition of the Slave Trade' (The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840), by John Alfred Vinter, after  Benjamin Robert Haydon - NPG D23546

'The Abolition of the Slave Trade' (The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840)

by John Alfred Vinter, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
lithograph, circa 1846-1864 (1841)
NPG D23546

'The Abolition of the Slave Trade' (The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840), by John Alfred Vinter, after  Benjamin Robert Haydon - NPG D32033

'The Abolition of the Slave Trade' (The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840)

by John Alfred Vinter, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
lithograph, circa 1846-1864 (1841)
NPG D32033

'The Abolition of the Slave Trade' (The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840), by John Alfred Vinter, after  Benjamin Robert Haydon - NPG D20516

'The Abolition of the Slave Trade' (The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840)

by John Alfred Vinter, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
lithograph, circa 1846-1864 (1841)
NPG D20516

William Wordsworth, by and published by Thomas Goff Lupton, after  Benjamin Robert Haydon - NPG D19912

William Wordsworth

by and published by Thomas Goff Lupton, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
mezzotint, published 1 November 1848 (1842)
NPG D19912

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, by Charles Edward Wagstaff, printed by  W. Hatton, published by  Thomas McLean, after  Benjamin Robert Haydon - NPG D37601

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

by Charles Edward Wagstaff, printed by W. Hatton, published by Thomas McLean, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
mezzotint, published 1 October 1852
NPG D37601

Key to The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840, list of sitters in the picture by Benjamin Robert Haydon - NPG D23547

Key to The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840

list of sitters in the picture by Benjamin Robert Haydon
letterpress, 1880
NPG D23547

Key to The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840, list of sitters in the picture by Benjamin Robert Haydon - NPG D20517

Key to The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840

list of sitters in the picture by Benjamin Robert Haydon
letterpress, 1880
NPG D20517

Key to The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840, list of sitters in the picture by Benjamin Robert Haydon - NPG D20518

Key to The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840

list of sitters in the picture by Benjamin Robert Haydon
letterpress, 1880
NPG D20518

Key to The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840, list of sitters in the picture by Benjamin Robert Haydon - NPG D20519

Key to The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840

list of sitters in the picture by Benjamin Robert Haydon
letterpress, 1880
NPG D20519

Key to The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840, list of sitters in the picture by Benjamin Robert Haydon - NPG D20520

Key to The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840

list of sitters in the picture by Benjamin Robert Haydon
letterpress, 1880
NPG D20520

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