Person    | Male  Born 1798  Died 20/4/1836

Robert Seymour

Categories: Art, Tragedy

Illustrator. Born Somerset. In November 1835 Seymour, a successful illustrator, aged 38, known for comic sporting prints suggested to the publishers Chapman and Hall a project, a series of illustrations about a Cockney sporting club. For the text they brought in 24 year old Dickens, who took over the whole project, possibly in a rather over-bearing way. 'Pickwick Papers' was the result, his first big success.

Seymour was a long term depressive, with previous suicide attempts. On the day before he died he seems to have had an argument with Dickens concerning an illustration. Seymour shot himself in the summer-house behind his home in Liverpool Road, Islington.

Seymour's widow, and then later his son, ensured that people knew the circumstances of his death and questioned the attribution of the success of Pickwick's Papers to Dickens.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Robert Seymour

Commemorated ati

Robert Seymour

A nearby information board informs: Probably the most prolific illustrator a...

Read More

Other Subjects

John Leech

John Leech

Humorous artist and illustrator, was born at 28 Bennett Street, Stamford Street. Died at home at 6 The Terrace, Kensington.

Person, Art

1 memorial
Benjamin Haydon

Benjamin Haydon

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...

Person, Art, Tragedy

1 memorial
Islington Art Society

Islington Art Society

Formed as the Islington Art Circle in 1941 by A. E. Hickman-Smith and on his death in 1965 run by George and Deborah Bunting until their deaths in 2000.  Changed its name in 2002 to Islington Art S...

Group, Art, Community / Clubs

1 memorial
Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent came to London in June 1873 aged 20 as an art dealer, in the firm Goupil. He was in England for two and a half years during which he had two short periods working in the Paris branch. Goupi...

Person, Art, Seriously Famous, France, Netherlands

2 memorials
Alfred Head

Alfred Head

Born Holloway. Islington artist and Borough Architect for Islington in 1974. the Riviera Reporter contains an interview with Alfred Head.

Person, Architecture, Art

1 memorial