Tate   Shop Prints View all prints

Skip to content
Wallis: Chatterton  (custom print)
  • Close
    Select which type of print you would like...
    • Close
      Select which size of print you would like...
      • Close
        If you would like a frame/wrap make your selection...
          Please review your print and then add to basket.
          Change the room settings
          View print in larger size

          Artwork details

          Chatterton, 1856
          Henry Wallis
          Product code
          Artwork code
          Artist code
          Oil paint on canvas  62.2 x 93.3 cm

          Wallis’s earliest and most famous painting is a comment on society’s treatment of artists and writers. A struggling, romantic and melancholy 18th century poet, the starving Chatterton committed suicide aged 17. Wallis has painted him in a Christ-like pose, with torn sheets of poetry and an empty phial of poison on the floor, making him look like a martyr.

          Note: image shown is our best representation of how your print will look. See more info on Custom Prints

          Artist details

          Wallis was a English painter, writer and collector. He specialised in portraits of literary figures and scenes from their lives. Loosely connected to the Pre-Raphaelites as demonstrated by his use of vibrant colour and depth of symbolic detail, he later painted in watercolour. Widely travelled, as depicted in his later paintings, he became best known as an authority on Italian and oriental ceramics, producing several books on the subject.

          More by this artist

          You might also like

          Customer Service: +44 (0)20 7887 8869
          We accept Maestro, Visa, Mastercard, Delta and Solo
          Every purchase supports Tate