by Edward Hodges Baily
marble bust, 1824
22 1/2 in. (572 mm) high
Purchased with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund, 1996
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Sitterback to top
- Henry Fuseli (1741-1825), Painter. Sitter in 11 portraits, Artist associated with 3 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Edward Hodges Baily (1788-1867), Sculptor, designer and modeller of silver. Artist associated with 16 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Bailey's bust is one of a series of four of fellow-artists commissioned by Sir Thomas Lawrence. The Greek inscription, added at Fuseli's suggestion, can be translated as 'Look upon that which we now suppose to be.'
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 234
Events of 1824back to top
Current affairsAnti-Trade Union Combination Acts of 1799 and 1800 are repealed after persuasive arguments from radical Francis Place that prohibition of workers' combinations only increased their appeal. The unions had been banned for fear that they were becoming involved in democratic politics.
Art and scienceNational Gallery is established when Parliament agrees to purchase a collection of thirty-eight paintings from the estate of philanthropist John Julius Angerstein. William Seguier is appointed first Keeper.Society of British Artists holds its first exhibition, aiming to appeal to a broader art public than those who visited the Royal Academy.
InternationalLord Byron dies of a fever at Missolonghi while fighting in the Greek War of Independence. Britain declares war on Burma after threat of Indian invasion. Singapore is ceded to Britain.John Constable's Haywain receives Gold Medal at the Paris Salon.
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On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
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