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Regency Portraits Catalogue

William Hayley (1745-1820), Poet and biographer

Poet and biographer; his Triumphs of Music, 1804, was ridiculed by Byron, his Ballads, 1805, illustrated by Blake.

'... a strong-built man, famous for walking in the snow before daylight ...' (Leigh Hunt, Autobiography, p 224).

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Bishop 1951
Morchard Bishop, Blake's Hayley, 1951.

Johnson (ed.) 1823
Memoirs, ed. Johnson, 2 vols., 1823.



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.