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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Francis Hayman (1707 or 1708-1776), Painter

Painter; born and educated in Exeter; best known for his ornamental paintings at Vauxhall; his works included portraits, engravings and sporting pictures; illustrated Hanmer's Shakespeare, engraved by Gravelot, Congreve's poems and Smollett's edition of Don Quixote; scenic painter at Drury Lane Theatre; teacher of Gainsborough, friend of Hogarth and Garrick; largely responsible for the exhibition of works by living British artists, Strand, 1760; president of the Society of British Artists, 1766; founder of the Royal Academy, 1768, and librarian from 1771 until his death.

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Girouard 1966
M. Girouard, 'Hogarth and His Friends', Country Life, CXXXIX, 1966.


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.