'Portraits' of Chatterton
Engravings - Paintings - Sketches - Descriptions
Lookie Here Now:
Images of Chatterton?
Although there are no known
Authentic paintings or engravings
We do have a handy description
By William Seward
Perhaps we can use it
To see which image
Best Matches the Description.
There are lots of Fanciful Images
I show just six of them in this panel:
The infamous & Horrible
'Goggle Eyes' Image in the Oval
From The Monthly Visitor in 1797
Is it picking up on the claim that
Chatterton had eyes that blazed?
The most infamous Image of them all
Red Jacketed Baby Face Chatterton
Used by Dix for his 1837 edition
The Life of Thomas Chatterton
Note the similarities with 'Goggle Eyes'
Claims and Counter Claims:
Man Wearing a Voluminous jacket
Unknown Painting - Let's Call it Chatterton
'Chatterton' at auction - Christie's in 2005
It is Good to Put a Mush to a Name
Poor Chatterton is then less Abstract
Arbitrarily I Choose Red Jacketed Chatterton
This is basically his 'Shakespeare' Bust
In fact I have chosen this image Because it "persists as a popular representation of the poet."
The words in 'hooks' are the words of
Mr Hake, past Keeper of the
National Portrait Gallery.
If you choose to investigate this subject
Do keep us informed of your discoveries!