A Genius for Failure: The Life of Benjamin Robert Haydon

ISBN: 978224062473
Artist(s): Benjamin Robert Haydon
Author(s): Paul O'Keeffe
Format: hardback
Year published: 2009
Publisher: Bodley Head
Total Pages: 576
Illustrations: Features some black and white and colour illustrations


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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. The company he kept – Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth, Sir Robert Peel and the Duke of Wellington, among many others – and the momentous events he lived through – The Battle of Waterloo, the Coronation of George IV, and the passing of the first Parliamentary Reform Bill – make A Genius for Failure not only the definitive biography of this fascinating and tragic painter, but a stirring portrayal of an age.

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