The Death of Chatterton
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The Death of Chatterton is an oil painting on canvas by the English Pre-Raphaelite painter Henry Wallis, now in Tate Britain, London. Two smaller versions, sketches or replicas, are held by the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art respectively.
The subject of the painting was the 17-year-old English early Romantic poet Thomas Chatterton, shown dead after he had poisoned himself with arsenic in 1770. Chatterton was considered a Romantic hero for many young and struggling artists in Wallis's day.