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John Samuel Hayward (1778-1822)

John Samuel Hayward (1778-1822)

While remaining an amateur artist, John Samuel Hayward had a surprisingly high status in the London art world of the first two decades of the nineteenth century, befriending Joshua Cristall and Thomas Girtin among others. As a floor cloth manufacturer, he provided canvas for the large-scale panoramic paintings that were popular at the time. As an artist, he produced his own – collaborative – panoramas, exhibited watercolours at the Royal Academy of Arts, and took an active part in the pioneering Sketching Society.

John Samuel Hayward was the eldest of the five surviving children of John and Elizabeth Hayward. John Hayward had been a tobacconist
until his marriage, in 1770, to Elizabeth, the only daughter of Samuel Barnes, a carpet and floor cloth manufacturer of 37 Newington Causeway, Southwark. John was then taken into the business and, on the death of his father-in-law in 1778, became its proprietor.

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