'Portraits of Chatterton'
Engravings - Paintings - Sketches - Descriptions
Although there are no known
Authentic paintings or engravings
We do have a handy description
By William Seward
Does it point to an image
Which 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
An Unknown Painting
Let's call it Chatterton
'Chatterton' at Christie's in 2005
I Choose Red-Jacketed Chatterton
Poor Chatterton is now less Abstract:
This is his 'Shakespeare Bust.'
It has also been chosen because it
"Persists as a Popular Representation of the Poet."
The words in 'hooks' are the words of
Mr Hake, a past Keeper of the
National Portrait Gallery.
If you choose to investigate this subject
Do keep us informed of your discoveries!