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Samuel Joseph

(1791-1850), Artist

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.

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Sir Thomas Lawrence, by Scipio Clint, after  Samuel Joseph, and  Edward Hodges Baily - NPG 4278

Sir Thomas Lawrence

by Scipio Clint, after Samuel Joseph, and Edward Hodges Baily
copper medal, 1830
NPG 4278

John Constable, by Samuel Joseph - NPG 4063

John Constable

by Samuel Joseph
bronze cast of death-mask, 1958, based on a work of 1837
NPG 4063

Sir David Wilkie, by Leonard Charles Wyon, probably after  Samuel Joseph - NPG D2933

Sir David Wilkie

by Leonard Charles Wyon, probably after Samuel Joseph
bronze medal, 1861
NPG D2933


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Gilbert Louttit

10 January 2020, 19:50

In 'Autobiography of an Engineer: James Nasmyth' there is an image of the author's father Alexander Nasmyth 'After a cameo by Samuel Joseph'. In the chapter on Free trade in ability/Death of my father.

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