Portrait of William Hayley with his son Thomas, William Meyer, & the Artist by George Romney

The poet William Hayley, wearing grey, is seated at a table with books.


Oil on canvas
123 x 100 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,500 ( Total: £3,000)
Acquired in:
Spink & Son

His son, holding a statue of Minerva after the antique, stands on his right, with William Meyer beside him in profile. Romney is seen looking over Hayley's left shoulder. William Hayley was Romney's friend and biographer and, to amuse him during a visit, the artist began this picture of the four friends, which was thought one of his best. This painting is also known as 'The Four Friends'.


George Godfrey; Leopold Salomens.

Venue details

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Abbot Hall, KENDAL Cumbria LA9 5AL 01539 722464 www.abbothall.org.uk

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