Leigh Hunt
(1784-1859)

Died aged 74

James Henry Leigh Hunt (19 October 1784 – 28 August 1859), best known as Leigh Hunt, was an English critic, essayist and poet. Hunt co-founded The Examiner, a leading intellectual journal expounding radical principles. He was the centre of the Hampstead-based group that included William Hazlitt and Charles Lamb, known as the 'Hunt circle'. Hunt also introduced John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Robert Browning and Alfred Lord Tennyson to the public. Hunt's presence at Shelley's funeral on the beach near Viareggio was immortalised in the painting by Louis Édouard Fournier, although in reality Hunt did not stand by the pyre, as portrayed. Hunt inspired aspects of the Harold Skimpole character in Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House.

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Leigh Hunt 1784-1859 essayist & poet lived here.

22 Upper Cheyne Row, Kensington and Chelsea, SW3, London, United Kingdom where they lived

Leigh Hunt Poet Born on October 19th 1784 in a house on this site Died 1859

41/43 High Street N14, London, United Kingdom where they was born (1784)

Leigh Hunt poet lived in a cottage on this site 1816-21

Vale of Health, NW3, London, United Kingdom where they was

Leigh Hunt poet & essayist lived here 1853-1859

16 Rowan Road, W6, London, United Kingdom where they lived (1853-1859)

The Rose and Crown one of Wimbledon's oldest public houses, dating from the early 17th century. It was a starting point for stage coaches to London. The Victorian poets Leigh Hunt and Algernon Swinburne often met here.

The Rose and Crown, High Street, SW19, London, United Kingdom where they was