William Hazlitt’s trail-blazing essay on staged fights in the English countryside, considered “blackguard” in its day, still speaks to the thrill of sporting events.
William Hazlitt (1778 – 1830) was an English philosopher, painter, and writer of essays famous for their humanistic qualities. A noted literary and drama critic whose works fell into obscurity, Hazlitt is today considered one of the great critics and essayists of the English language.
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The first woman to paint the official portrait of a U.S. president, Greta Kempton also painted Cabinet officials, governors, senators, the head of the Atomic Energy Commission, two Postmasters General, a Supreme Court justice, several university presidents, and a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. But what would have happened if she had painted a self-portrait?