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'Portraits' of Chatterton  

Engravings - Paintings - Sketches - Descriptions

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Thomas Chatterton?

1837

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Thomas Chatterton?

1797

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Thomas Chatterton?

Christie's

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

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Thomas Chatterton? 1837

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Thomas Chatterton?

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Thomas Chatterton?

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!