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O'Keeffe's book largely refrains from psychological speculation, and I can't decide whether that's a good thing. What is definitely a good thing, though, is the way Haydon's tragedy is presented as a human story, with many down-to-earth facts" Lynne Truss Sunday Times "O'Keeffe has produced a fascinating study of a forgotten life that is rich in detail for fans of period drama" Mark Williamson The Herald "tactful and unobtrusive Hayden steps forth, as full of colour and bluster as ever, but with dignity as well as absurdity, and a perspicacious, as well as biting, tongue" Gregory Dart TLS.
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Published by Bodley Head, London, Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover. Save for Later. Convincing his parents of his abilities he moved to London and enrolled at the Royal Academy, then based at Somerset House in the Strand.
He studied hard, rarely leaving his lodgings other than to eat and, unlike many of his fellows, was both abstemious and deeply religious. Certain of his own genius Haydon was intent on improving the taste of the English public through the high art of historical painting.
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At a time when landscape and portraiture were what art lovers wanted the self-confident painter launched himself on epic subjects on a grand scale. His canvases were so enormous that he had to clamber up and down ladders to paint the tops and sprawl on the floor to paint the base.
However success did not come easily and when it did it was transitory. He married a widow with two young sons and she was to bear him eight children five dying as infants.
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Haydon was acquainted with a wide array of creative and political figures, including Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth, Sir Robert Peel and the Duke of Wellington.