Hayter was fortunate to have as his patron John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford. Bedford introduced Hayter to Canova, whose portrait he completed in Rome, and he encouraged the artist to go to Rome to study. In the autumn of 1816 Hayter set off for Rome and stayed there until early 1818. Whilst there he painted landscapes and academic drawings, but his major work was this impressive Tribute Money which gained him election as honorary member to Rome’s celebrated Accademia di San Luca.
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