HAYLEY, WILLIAM (1745-1820, poet, friend and biographer of Blake, Cowper and Romney) PORTRAIT BY JOHANN JACOBE (1733-1797) AFTER GEORGE ROMNEY (1734-1802),
Lot 67
HAYLEY, WILLIAM
(1745-1820, poet, friend and biographer of Blake, Cowper and Romney)
PORTRAIT BY JOHANN JACOBE (1733-1797) AFTER GEORGE ROMNEY (1734-1802),
Sold for £408 (US$ 537) inc. premium

Lot Details
HAYLEY, WILLIAM (1745-1820, poet, friend and biographer of Blake, Cowper and Romney)
PORTRAIT BY JOHANN JACOBE (1733-1797) AFTER GEORGE ROMNEY (1734-1802),
mezzotint, half-length, right hand resting on the top of an upright folio, hand to forehead, with Romney's and Jacobe's names, London and the date 1779 in engraved letters, ownership monogram on verso of A. Anderton Weston, slight surface rubbing and creasing, otherwise a fine impression, wide margins, 15 x 11 in (38.1 x 28 cm), a later impression.

Footnotes

  • REFERENCES: Chaloner Smith 4; Russell 4; Horne - George Romney 64a; O'Donoghue 474/3.

    Hayley and Romney were lifelong friends from their first meeting in 1776. In 1777 Hayley paid tribute to Romney in his Poetical Epistle to an eminent Painter. Each year Romney would spend several weeks at Hayley's country house at Eartham, where, in 1792, he met William Cowper which resulted in his sensitive portrait of the poet, 'one of the masterpieces of pastel drawing in British art.' Hayley encouraged Romney to have nothing to do with the Royal Academy; both admired social reformers like John Howard (Hayley's 'Ode to Howard' lay behind Romney's series of drawings on the theme of John Howard Visiting a Lazaretto); both were enthusiastic supporters of the French Revolution in its early stages. It appears that they also encouraged one another as philanderers.

    Romney also painted charming portraits (one as Robin Goodfellow) of Thomas Alphonse Hayley, the son of William Hayley and one of his servants, Sarah Betts (see group portrait with Blake in this catalogue).
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