Last Homes of Departed Genius; With Biographical Sketches of Poets, Painters, and Players

Last Homes of Departed Genius; With Biographical Sketches of Poets, Painters, and Players

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...a tablet to her memory. Near the grave of Mrs. Siddons lies the ill-fated painter, BENJAMIN ROBERT HAYDON, who "devoted forty-two years to the improvement of the taste of the English people in high art." He was bom at Plymouth in 1786; became a student at the Royal Academy in 1804; in 1807 he exhibited his first picture, "A Eiposo of the Holy Family;" and in 1809 his "Dentatus," which was followed by the "Judgment of Solomon," sold for seven hundred guineas. He had previously quarrelled with the Royal Academy, or he might now have become a member. His ambition was to be the founder of an elevated school of art. He had the mind, the knowledge, and the energy suited for the purpose; but he had to contend with settled prejudices, and the opposing influences of persons of station and position, who took advantage of Haydon's overweening conceit to depreciate his attempts to improve the art. His struggles for this great object involved him in pecuniary embarrassments; and in 1827, when a subscription was opened to aid the distressed painter, he gave this melancholy account of the fate of his great pictures: --" My 'Judgment of Solomon' is rolled up in a warehouse in the Borough; my 'Entry into Jerusalem, ' once graced by the enthusiasm of the rank and beauty of the three kingdoms, is doubled up in a back room in Holborn; my 'Lazarus' is in an upholsterer's shop in Mount-street; and my ' Crucifixion' in a hayloft in Lisson Grove." He next became an inmate of the King's Bench prison, where he painted a "Mock Election" that was held there. This picture was purchased by George IV. for 500. Haydon painted a companion, "The Chairiug of the Member; " but the king declined to purchase...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236544072
  • 9781236544070