Benjamin Robert Haydon

1786-1846 England/Neoclassicism

 

Brief Biography-Benjamin Robert Haydon was born in Plymouth in 1786. He went to the Royal Academy Schools in 1804, where he exhibited and sold his first painting. Haydon visited Paris in 1814 with David Wilkie but was very critical of works by the masters he observed in the Louvre. Haydon had amassed debt by this time and got arrested in London for non-payment. He received two months imprisonment in 1823. Haydon painted portraits to a degree of success. However, he argued with many of his patrons and the Royal Academy about numerous issues, resulting in loss of patronage. Haydon became imprisoned again in 1830 and 1835. He tried to be a history painter in Joshua Reynolds' style and gave many lectures on art around England. Haydon was an avid proponent of social patronage for the arts. He persuaded the establishment that buying art was socially beneficial in his Memoirs, published after his death by suicide in 1846.

 

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