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Life of Benjamin Robert Haydon, Historical Painter

Life of Benjamin Robert Haydon, Historical Painter
From his Autobiography and Journals
3 Volume Set

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Art and Architecture

  • Date Published: May 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108073820

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  • Before the painter Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786–1846) committed suicide, he had left instructions that an account of his life should be published, using his autobiography up to 1820 and his letters and journals for the rest. The writer and dramatist Tom Taylor (1817–80) took on the editing, and the three-volume work was published in 1853. (The slightly enlarged second edition, also of 1853, is reissued here.) Haydon was a history painter at a time when that genre was perceived as the greatest form of the art, and his friends included Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, Charles Lamb, Hazlitt and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. However, he was constantly in financial difficulties, and in later life a sense of failure seems to have turned into outright paranoia. Volume 1 covers Haydon's life until the end of his autobiography in 1820; Volumes 2 and 3, from his journals, continue the narrative up to his death.

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    • Date Published: May 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108073820
    • length: 1300 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 1.65kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Editor's preface to the second edition
    Editor's preface to the first edition
    Introduction
    Part I:
    1. Birth and parentage
    2. I go to London
    3. My fellow students
    4. Visit from Sir G. Beaumont
    5. I practise portrait-painting
    Part II:
    6. My difficulties with Dentatus
    7. Dinners at the Admiralty
    8. Trip to Devon with Wilkie
    9. Commission from Sir G. Beaumont
    10. Prince Hoare's opinion of my conduct
    11. My pecuniary difficulties
    12. My intimates in 1813
    Part III:
    13. My triumph
    14. The freedom of Plymouth voted me
    15. From my journals of 1815
    16. Letter from Wordsworth
    17. I fall in love
    18. A commission from Russia. Volume 2: Journals, 1821–34. Volume 3: Journals, 1835–46
    Appendices
    Index.

  • Author

    Benjamin Robert Haydon

    Editor

    Tom Taylor

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