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William Hayley (1745 - 1820)

RA Collection: People and Organisations

Poet, dramatist, biographer. Friend and advisor of the poet Cowper and painters Joseph Wright of Derby, George Romney and William Blake. Biographer of Milton, Cowper, Romney. Father of sculptor Thomas Alphonso Hayley (1780-1800).


Born: 9 November 1745

Died: 12 November 1820

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