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Regency Portraits Catalogue

William Hayley (1745-1820), Poet and biographer

1774
Enamel by Jeremiah Meyer exhibited SKM 1865 (667) and Burlington Fine Arts Club 1889, p 53.

c.1775
Oil by Northcote exhibited Second Exhibition of National Portraits, South Kensington, 1867 (813) lent by Baldwin Leighton, head and shoulders in black coat, long brown hair.

1776
Oval grisaille by Wright of Derby in private collection UK, reproduced Benedict Nicolson, Joseph Wright of Derby, 1968, plate 182 with the companion portrait of Mrs Hayley.

1777-97
H. Ward & W. Roberts (Romney, 1904) list nine portraits by Romney, excluding groups; these and others can be summarised thus:

c.1777
Three-quarter-length for Mr Long (H. Ward & W. Roberts, Romney, 1904, II, p 75/2).

c.1778
Half-length in an oval with notebook and pen (H. Ward & W. Roberts, Romney, 1904, II, p 75/3) at Sotheby's 31 October 1962 (240) bought Canon Moundrell.

1779
Half-length in Dulwich Gallery, with arm on folio volume, and mezzotint by Jacobe 1779 (H. Ward & W. Roberts, Romney, 1904, II, p 71/1); versions of this have been exhibited Third Exhibition of National Portraits, South Kensington, 1868 (859), Sotheby's 12 December 1951 (105), exported to Canada, and 'Phillimore exhibition of family portraits' at Bridge Place, Canterbury 1963, lent by Appleby.

1780
Unfinished watercolour conversation piece of Hayley, Mrs Hayley and Lieutenant Howell (H. Ward & W. Roberts, Romney, 1904, II, p 75 under Mrs Hayley).

c.1784
Brown ink and grey wash drawing in British Museum (1914-2-16-1), a slight group of Hayley with the Hon Charles Greville, Emma Hart (Lady Hamilton) and Romney himself, reproduced in Walter Sichel, Emma Lady Hamilton, 1905 and exhibited Kenwood 1972 (12); another version is at Yale University.

c.1795
Whole-length in Paul Mellon Collection; an oil sketch for Hayley's head in this picture was at Newnham Hall (Colonel Chandos-Pole) in 1973.

1796
Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, 'The Four Friends' - Hayley, his son Tom, William Meyer and Romney himself (NACF Report, 1967, p 21, no.2267 and plate IVb).

c.1797
Stipple by Ridley, oval bust in buttoned-up coat, published by Vernor & Hood 1799.

Undated portraits by Romney are:
Sketch and watercolour of Hayley in his study, exhibited Brighton 1873 (36 & 7) lent by Henry Willett (H. Ward & W. Roberts, Romney, 1904, II, p 75/5).

Sketch exhibited Grosvenor Gallery 1877-8 (371), (H. Ward & W. Roberts, Romney, 1904, II, p 75/6).

Half-length in green coat, Long sale 6 June 1896 (136), (H. Ward & W. Roberts, Romney, 1904, II, p 75/7).

Small oval in blue coat, exhibited Grafton Gallery 1900 (133), (H. Ward & W. Roberts, Romney, 1904, II, p 75/8).

Half-length to right wearing grey coat and holding papers in left hand, not recorded in H. Ward & W. Roberts, Romney, 1904, but at Christie's 28 November 1969 (198) exported to USA in 1970. Watercolour drawing in Witt Collection, Courtauld Institute, painted for Miss Seward.


c.1795
Bust by Flaxman shown in NPG 101; this bust has not been located and may never have been completed.

c.1800
Oil by Howard (NPG 662).

c.1802
Miniature by R. Saunders exhibited RA 1802 (794).

c.1807
Miniature by W. Haines engraved by Cook for The Cabinet, 1 September 1807, head and shoulders holding an open book.

1818
Miniature by George Engleheart in Twiston Davies sale Sotheby's 20 July 1981 (63), signed with initials and dated 1818; an ink drawing for his son Henry Engleheart is illustrated in Williamson & Engleheart, George Engleheart, 1902, p 18.

Undated
Miniature on ivory attributed to James Nixon in V&A Museum (1183-1903).

Oil by Thomas Stevenson, head and shoulders as 'King Lear', Christie's 29 January 1982 (82).



This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.