B.R. Haydon- Artist and Diarist

“I ADVANCED MY PICTURE DELIGHTFULLY “

Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786-1846) Historical Painter and Diarist

 
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Dedicated artist Benjamin Robert Haydon inspired sonnets by Keats, Wordsworth and Elizabeth Barrett. He championed the authenticity of the newly-arrived Elgin Marbles.Haydon’s celebrated portrait of his friend Wordsworth hangs in our National Portrait Gallery.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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His Hogarthian prison scene, “The Mock Election”, was purchased by King
George IV.Today Haydon is known less for his works than for his vivid, splenetic and highly entertaining diaries.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The story of his life is a uniquely moving tragi- comedy. With paintings and drawings by artists of the early 19th century including Turner, Fuseli, David Wilkie and B.R. Haydon.
 

“Heestorical peinter? Why ye’ll starve wi’ a bundle of straw under yer heed!”
Sir James Northcote, portrait artist


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