Benjamin Robert Haydon
- Extended Catalogue Entry
Benjamin Robert Haydon
by Georgiana Zornlin
oil on canvas, 1825
27 in. x 22 1/2 in. (686 mm x 572 mm)
Given by Georgiana Margaretta Zornlin, 1878
Sitterback to top
- Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786-1846), History painter and diarist. Sitter in 10 portraits, Artist associated with 34 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Georgiana Margaretta Zornlin (1800-1881), Artist and writer. Artist of 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This is an appropriately idiosyncratic portrait of Benjamin Robert Haydon, a highly opinionated and arrogant artist with a misplaced belief in his own abilities, now better remembered for his diaries and for his friendship with Keats and Wordsworth than he is for his sprawling canvases. His portrait was painted by Georgiana Margaretta Zornlin, when she was Haydon's pupil. She recalled working under his 'especial superintendence' with Haydon even providing and mixing the colours himself.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Curtis, Penelope; Funnell, Peter; Kalinsky, Nicola, Return to Life: A New Look at the Portrait Bust, 2000 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 7 February to 30 May 2001), p. 45
- Holmes, Richard, The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2013, p. 50
- Holmes, Richard, Insights: The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2005, p. 38
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 41
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 114
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 290
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 239
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Return to Life: A New Look at the Portrait Bust (7 February 2001 - 20 May 2001)
Events of 1825back to top
Current affairsStrikes, contract breaking and worker intimidation prompt the passing of a new Anti-Trade Union Combination Act to the dismay of economist John McCulloch, MP Joseph Hume and radical Francis Place who had worked for the repeal of the previous year.
Catholic Relief Bill is rejected by the House of Lords.
Art and scienceConstruction of Thames Tunnel begins under the direction of Marc Isambard Brunel.
Stockton to Darlington Railway, the world's first passenger system, opens.
William Hazlitt publishes The Spirit of the Age; twenty-five pen-portraits of his contemporaries in the world of literature, philosophy and politics.
InternationalBeethoven's Ninth Symphony premieres in London.
John Quincy Adams is elected President of the United States.
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