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Edward Hodges Baily

(1788-1867), Sculptor, designer and modeller of silver

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 6 portraits
Artist associated with 16 portraits
Edward Hodges Baily was a sculptor and designer. He was the son of a ship's carver and began his career as a modeller of small wax busts. Baily spent seven years in John Flaxman's studio before studying at the Royal Academy schools, where he won the first silver medal of the Society of Artists and was awarded gold and silver medals by the Royal Academy in 1809 and 1811. He was elected an Academician of the Royal Academy in 1817. Full membership followed in 1820 with the exhibition of Eve at the Fountain, one of the most famous pieces of British sculpture in the nineteenth century.

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Edward Hodges Baily, by Charles Hutton Lear - NPG 1456(1)

Edward Hodges Baily

by Charles Hutton Lear
pencil and black chalk, circa 1846
NPG 1456(1)

Edward Hodges Baily in his Studio, by Unknown artist - NPG 6364

Edward Hodges Baily in his Studio

by Unknown artist
watercolour and pen and ink, circa 1850
NPG 6364

Edward Hodges Baily, by John & Charles Watkins - NPG Ax28918

Edward Hodges Baily

by John & Charles Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax28918

Edward Hodges Baily, by Ernest Edwards - NPG Ax14818

Edward Hodges Baily

by Ernest Edwards
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1863
NPG Ax14818

Edward Hodges Baily, by Ernest Edwards, published by  Lovell Reeve & Co - NPG Ax13837

Edward Hodges Baily

by Ernest Edwards, published by Lovell Reeve & Co
albumen print, published 1863
NPG Ax13837

Edward Hodges Baily, by Benjamin Wyon - NPG D2908

Edward Hodges Baily

by Benjamin Wyon
bronze medal, 1882
NPG D2908


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Christopher Williams

09 January 2019, 12:38

A large portrait of E.H. Baily hangs in the hall at Freemasons' Hall, 17 Park Street, Bristol BS1 5NH. It was donated by his present family. It is very appropriate as it is the building which was Bristol's first "Literary and Philosophical Institution (1824)". Baily sculpted the frieze over the entrance, where it still stands today. His fee was 1,000 guineas (although he was never paid the full amount!)

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