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The dead young man here is the eighteenth century poet Thomas Chatterton who died in London in at the age of seventeen by poisoning himself with arsenic in the fit of despair. You are commenting using your Twitter account. His shirt is unbuttoned, one shoe fell on the floor, and there is a bottle, presumably of arsenic that rolled out of his hand. You are commenting using your Facebook account. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Artist Henry Wallis — The fraud was later discovered.

Medium Oil paint on canvas. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Two preparatory drawings exist for the picture, both in the Tate collection Tate http: Basic Information Accession Number: Acquisition Bequeathed by Charles Gent Clement Retrieved January 22, Through early morning fog I see Visions of the things to be Chayterton pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see.


Like Liked by 1 person Reply. Wallis used his friend George Meredithalso a struggling writer, as the model. The Tate painting measures James Sant Rosalind date not known. It was probably a coincidence that this location was close to the garret in Brooke Street where Chatterton died 86 years before.


How serene he looks after a life of suffering in this cruel world. Wallis may have intended the picture as a criticism of society’s treatment of artists, since his next picture of note, The StonebreakerBirmingham City Museum and Art Galleryis one of the most forceful examples of social realism in Pre-Raphaelite art. Oil on mahogany panel. Wallis painted the work in a friend’s chamber in Gray’s Innwith St Paul’s Cathedral on the skyline visible through the window.

Through the window stretches a view of London; a city of possibilities, a city of despair, a city which brought nothing but disappointment and misery to this poor red-haired sleeping angel.

‘Chatterton’, Henry Wallis, | Tate

Smarthistory at Khan Academy. Summary Chatterton is Wallis’s earliest and most famous work. Walk Through British Art: Two years later Wallis eloped with Meredith’s wife, a daughter of the novelist Thomas Love Peacock To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: It is impossible not to feel gentleness, empathy, and also a sense of sacredness. A label on the verso of this painted version reads: George Meredith Thomas Chatterton.


He is now considered an early romantic, and with his interest in Medieval literature and his short life laced with mysteries, Chatterton was admired by Romantic poets such as William Wordsworth, Percy Bysshe Chztterton, and John Keats. Views Read Edit View history. The painting was Wallis’s first exhibited work.

Notify me of new comments via email. The picture created a sensation when it was first exhibited at the Royal Academy inaccompanied by the following quotation from Marlowe:.

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He used a bold colour scheme with a contrasting palette and he exploited the fall of the natural light through the window of the garret to implement his much loved style at the time, chiaroscuro. Chagterton Chatterton was an unsuccessful poet whose suicide became a symbol of blighted artistic genius.

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