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A vivid and compelling biography of Benjamin Robert Haydon-historical painter, polemicist. Paul O'Keeffe is a freelance lecturer and writer who won critical acclaim with his 2000 study of Lewis, Some Sort of Genius. Hardcover: 568 pages.
A vivid and compelling biography of Benjamin Robert Haydon-historical painter, polemicist.
Benjamin Robert Haydon dreamed of becoming the British Raphael and has ended up a footnote. The last few years of Haydon's life make for unhappy reading, but O'Keeffe deals with them well by combining sympathy with clear judgment. Several of his children died
Benjamin Robert Haydon dreamed of becoming the British Raphael and has ended up a footnote. He crossed paths and swords with Leigh Hunt, Hazlitt, and a host of early 19th-century painters and politicians. He was a friend of Wordsworth, and painted him, in what has become one of the classic images of the poet. Several of his children died. Debt collectors kept up a more or less constant barrage.
A Genius for Failure book. In A Genius for Failure Paul O'Keeffe makes clear that the real tragedy of Haydon lay in the extent to which his failures were unwittingly engineered by his own actions - his refusal to resort to the painting of fashionable portraits, for example, and his self-destructively acrimonious relationship with the RA.
BENJAMIN Robert Haydon painted vast pictures of historical, mythological and religious scenes with titles such as. .
Haydon’s story is essentially tragic but it has many elements of comedy, even high farce and Paul O’Keeffe’s biography brings the comedy to the fore with an enviable lightness of touch. The Bodley Head, £25. Most read in Books.
Haydon was born in Plymouth, the only son of another Benjamin Robert Haydon, a prosperous printer, stationer and publisher, and his wife Mary . A Genius for Failure: The Life of Benjamin Robert Haydon by Paul O'Keeffe". Martin, Colin (2007).
Haydon was born in Plymouth, the only son of another Benjamin Robert Haydon, a prosperous printer, stationer and publisher, and his wife Mary, the daughter of the Rev. Benjamin Cobley, rector of Dodbrooke, near Kingsbridge, Devon. At an early age he showed an aptitude for study, which was carefully fostered by his mother.
With the story of Benjamin Robert Haydon, you are always compelled to begin at the end - with his rather gruesome suicide in the painting room of his London home on the morning of June 22, 1846. To many artistic Victorians, this suicide was a bit of a sensation. Haydon was facing imprisonment for debt for the fifth time. He had just suffered the most humiliating episode of his entire painting career
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The painter Benjamin Robert Haydon was an exact contemporary of Wordsworth, Keats and Lamb, and some of the most vivid recollections of their lives and their conversations are found within the pages of Haydon's Autobiography. Destiny, however, can be cruel. That Haydon should be remembered for his writings would have been an anathema to him. He regarded himself, first and foremost, as a history painter, on the grandest of grand scales, in an age when history painting was beginning to lose its importance. He dreamt of heroic subjects, and great conceptions
Paul O'Keeffe is a freelance lecturer and writer based in Liverpool The life and death story of Benjamin Robert Haydon, a painter. Verified purchase: Yes Condition: Pre-owned.
Paul O'Keeffe is a freelance lecturer and writer based in Liverpool. Country of Publication. The life and death story of Benjamin Robert Haydon, a painter.
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