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Self Portrait

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William Hazlitt was the son of a Unitarian Minister. As a young man he rejected his father’s wish that he too should study for the ministry, to become a writer and essayist.

On hearing Coleridge deliver his last inspiring sermon in Shrewsbury in 1798, William turned to philosophy and art, later studying painting in London. Although he soon gave up his ambition to become a professional portrait painter, he never lost his passion for art and it was a subject on which he wrote frequently.

Raphael and Titian were for Hazlitt the supreme masters, inspiring this introspective self-portrait. He also completed portraits of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Lamb in the manner of Titian.

Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery



Self Portrait


oil on canvas


H 70 x W 60 cm

Accession number

BAL_MAI 46509

Work type



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