23313 O’KEEFFE , Paul :
GENIUS FOR FAILURE.The Life of Benjamin Robert Haydon.
The Bodley Head , London ,2009 . 8vo .pp.viii + 568 . Illustrations, index. Very Good Near Fine hardcover in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
The company he kept – Shelley , Keats ,Wordswoth , Sir Robert Peel and the Duke of Wellington among many others and the momentous events he lived through Waterloo and the Cornation of George IV .The real tragedy of Haydon lay in his refusal to paint anything but the High Art of Historical Painting and his suicide facing financial ruin and humiliation .