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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Francis Hayman (1707 or 1708-1776), Painter

The only dated portraits are by Reynolds, 1756, in the Royal Academy; [1] a drawing by Pierre Etienne Falconet, 1769, engraved by D. P. Pariset and in the group 'The Portraits of the Academicians of the Royal Academy' by Zoffany, Royal collection (Sir Oliver Millar, The Later Georgian Pictures in the collection of Her Majesty The Queen, 1969, 1210, pls 39, 43), exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1772 (290) and engraved by R. Earlom, 1773. [2] In this painting, according to The Literary Gazette of 1826, the portrait is not entirely from life since Hayman was too volatile to sit, even for a fellow-member of the Royal Academy. [3]
Independent self-portraits include a whole length at an easel, Christie's, 6 November 1953, lot 7, now in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, an earlier three-quarter length from the same sale, also at Exeter and the self-portrait, bottom left, in the group which first appeared, unidentified, at Colnaghi's in 1897. Later owned by Viscountess St Cyres and at Christie's, 20 July 1956, lot 113, it is now in the Mellon collection, and known as 'Lord Chesterfield and his Friends'. [4]
A so-called self-portrait in a black hat, presented by Percy Moore Turner to Exeter City Art Gallery, 1935, remains doubtful and the drawing from the same collection, purchased by Exeter in 1944, seems too late to represent the sitter.

1) Exhibited 'Francis Hayman', Kenwood, 1960 (48).
2) Exhibited 'The King's Pictures', RA, 1946 (50).
3) Sir Oliver Millar, The Later Georgian Pictures in the collection of Her Majesty The Queen, 1969, p 154.
4) Exhibited 'Francis Hayman', 1960 (15a), as 'The Artist Sketching a Group of his Friends'.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, 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.