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Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786-1846)
The Anti-Slavery Convention, 1840
Oil on canvas
22 5/16 x 26 3/4 in. (56.6 x 68 cm)
Museum purchase with funds provided by the Fleischmann Foundation and anonymous donors in memory of Julius Fleischmann, 1996.356

Signed and dated lower left: "B. R. Haydon / J. Beaumont / 1840"

An oil sketch showing a large group of figures in a meeting. One man speaks with his hand upraised at left. Another sits with legs crossed at right, with a large book standing upright at his feet.


1840-1841:   Benjamin Robert Haydon, London, given to
1841-possibly 1862:   John Beaumont, London [1]
1994:   (Danish art market, sold to)
1994-March 22, 1995:   J. A. Kristensen, sold at Colonnade sale, Sotheby's, London, March 22, 1995, lot 52, to
March 22, 1995-1996:   (Heffel Gallery, London, sold to)
1996-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] A label on the back of the painting records the gift from Haydon to Beaumont: "The original Sketch, made the afternoon of the great meeting and after witnessing the scene June 12, 1840, and slightly retouched at the conclusion of the Great Picture. The Sketch I presented to my dear Friend John Beaumont as a very inadequate testimony of my respect and affection, for his unwearied attention during the commencement, progress, and conclusion of the Work and I hope he will accept it as a mark [?] of my gratitude. London, June [?] 21, 1841, BR Haydon."

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