- Chatterton, 1856
- Henry Wallis
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- 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.
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