Charles Hayter was born at Twickenham on the 24th February in 1761. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1786 aged 24 and was later to become Professor of Perspective to Princess charlotte. Charles executed portraits in crayon, pencil and painted miniatures and was the author of An Introduction to Perspective, 1813 and A New Practical Treatise on Three Primitive Colours, 1828.
He died in London, 1 December 1835. An album of 440 pencil portraits by Hayter, many of them named, are in the Victoria and Albert Museum.