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Samuel Joseph (1791-1850)
Artist associated with 4 portraits
Joseph, best known for his monument to William Wilberforce in Westminster Abbey, studied under sculptor Peter Rouw the Younger, and at the Royal Academy schools. He gained a reputation for his portrait busts and medallions. Joseph was interested in phrenology and he produced a series of life masks of notorious criminals, including the murderers Burke and Hare. His highly naturalistic portrait busts reflect this interest, at odds with the ideal classicism prevalent in his day. In 1823, Joseph went to Edinburgh, where he became one of the founders of the Royal Scottish Academy, before returning to London in 1828. Joseph was a cousin of portrait painter George Francis Joseph.