A selection of the video presentations from Hayley2020
Hayley’s classical education was very useful to Romney, who appreciated his friend’s ability to suggest interesting subject matter from obscure literature. Hayley also welcomed Romney to his house in Eartham, West Sussex, where the workaholic painter could relax, recharge his batteries, draw and paint. The pair probably met early in 1776, but Hayley didn’t sit to Romney for his first portrait until 1777.
The original plan was for Romney and Hayley to produce a joint work based on Apuleius’s Cupid and Psyche. Hayley abandoned the project in favour of his An Essay on Painting: In Two Epistles to Mr. Romney, which he thought would be more beneficial to his friend. Romney, however, had already made eight cartoons. Seven of these survive, althought in poor condition.
Romney made several paintings depicting Serena, the heroine of William Hayley’s The Triumphs of Temper and illustrations for his controversial Essay on Old Maids. A few were engraved for each work, but none bear Romney’s name as the artist. Alex Kidson explains why.
When Romney started this picture, he was going to include only three figures: Prospero (for whom Hayley was going to be the model); Miranda (Emma Hart) and Caliban (Romney himself). But Hayley got involved (or interfered). Over the years, the two men’s ideas about art, and about how Romney should approach his work diverged…
Alex Kidson discusses the two friendship pictures Romney painted that feature William Hayley. One might not be quite as friendly as the other.
In this short video (filmed in 2016), Alex Kidson discusses the quietly risqué portrait of Miss Bettesworth that hangs in Sudley House, Liverpool.
The author and academic explores how Hayley viewed the landscape around Chichester and his home and grounds at Eartham, how that matched and diverged from other contemporary ideas about and approaches to landscape and, his desire for local cultural inheritance.
Lisa (me – unlike William Hayley, I find writing about myself in the third person a tad weird!) tells us about Hayley’s hopes for the poet William Cowper’s recovery, how he sourced a wheelchair for his increasingly disabled son, Tom, his Essay on Sculpture written for/to the sculptor John Flaxman, to whom Tom was apprenticed and about Mary Cockerell: Tom’s mother.
David Bindman describes Flaxman’s background and personality and tells us how Flaxman and Hayley met.
Hayley was very free with the advice he doled out to his artist friends. But he didn’t always get everything right. David Bindman explores how, in one instance, Flaxman employed all his diplomacy in challenging his friend, and how, in another, he praised his taste and ideas.
In this video, David Bindman explores two monuments on which Flaxman and Hayley collaborated, one of which featured a pair of remarkably handsome legs…
Why didn’t Hayley treat Blake with the respect his talent deserved? David Bindman discusses art, craft and class.
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