Benjamin Robert Haydon

1786–1846

In Tate Britain

Biography

Benjamin Robert Haydon (; 26 January 1786 – 22 June 1846) was an English painter who specialised in grand historical pictures, although he also painted a few contemporary subjects and portraits. His commercial success was damaged by his often tactless dealings with patrons, and by the enormous scale on which he preferred to work. He was troubled by financial problems throughout his life, which led to several periods of imprisonment for debt. He committed suicide in 1846.

He gave lectures on art, and kept extensive diaries that were published after his death.

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Artworks

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Kings of the vast: John Martin II

In the early nineteenth century a fashion for enormous paintings flourished, and artists including Martin, Benjamin Haydon and Francis Danby ...

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William Blake’s 1809 Exhibition

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If at first you don't succeed, celebrate: Failure

Lisa Le Feuvre on Failure, Tate Etc issue 19, Spring 2010
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Gothic Romance and the Quixotic Hero:A Pageant for Henry Fuseli in 1783

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