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Benjamin Haydon

Person  Male  Born 26/1/1786  Died 22/6/1846

Categories: Art, Tragedy

Historical painter and diarist. Born Plymouth. Not a successful man; Haydon's biographer, Paul O'Keefe, says that Haydon has been called "the William McGonagall of British painting". One morning after buying a pistol he returned to 14 Burwood Place, locked himself in his painting room and was later found there, dead. The death certificate says that he committed 'suicide with a razor by cutting his throat after shooting a pistol ball at the upper and back part of his head.' The picture is a self-portrait.

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Haydon & Rossi

London County Council Benjamin Haydon, 1786 - 1846, painter and Charles Rossi...

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