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Guy Head was an 18th-century British painter who specialized in history painting. He was born in Carlisle in 1762 and began his artistic education at the Royal Academy Schools in 1778. He exhibited annually from 1779 and became a member of the Florence Accademia in 1787. In 1788, he joined the Kassel Akademie and later the Accademia di S Luca in 1792. While in Rome, he specialized in history painting, drawing from the contemporary Roman Neo-classical style. After returning to England in 1799, he painted several commissions for notable figures such as Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, and William Frederick, 2nd Duke of Gloucester. He also painted several portraits. Guy Head died in 1800, at the young age of 38.