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Plaster portrait bust painted cream believed to be of William Richard Hamilton (1779-1859) by W E Bardelle, full face, with prominent wart on his right cheek, wearing a broad-lapelled double-breasted jacket, on a circular socle fixed to a black veined stone plinth.
Height: 36.50 centimetres (excl. socle)
Height: 42 centimetres (max., incl socle)
Width: 22.70 centimetres (max.)
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1999
Displayed: No record discovered.
W. E. Bardelle is listed by Forrer(1) as a medallist and die-sinker who worked for most of his life for W. J. Taylor of London. Few medals are signed by this artist; amongst them is a portrait medal dated 1850 of Cardinal Wiseman as Archbishop of Westminster. The genesis of this plaster portrait has not yet been discovered.
The subject of this small plaster bust has been tentatively identified by comparison with a lithograph in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, published by Hering and Remington, 137 Regent Street, after Baugniet and dated 1850.(2) Hanhart also published an engraving by R. J. Lane after a portrait by Thomas Phillips RA (1770-1845) which shows him wearing a coat with a deep (fur) collar.(3) However, the coat worn by the subject of the plaster bust suggests a military man, and the identification remains provisional.
Small busts like this were presumably intended to stand on a desk or small table. They are much less common today than conventional marble or plaster busts for display on a pedestal or wall bracket.
(1) L. Forrer, Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, Coin-, Gem- and Seal-Engravers, Mint-Masters, &c. Ancient and Modern, with References to their Works, 500 BC-AD 1900, London, 1907, VII, p. 47.
(2) K. Eustace (ed.), Canova Ideal Heads, exh. cat., Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1997, no. 11.
(3) Ibid., p. 103, fig. 17.
Was formerly kept in Medieval & Later Antiquities Departmental Corridor, cup 81 (1980s and earlier). Old photo neg. M7.53 (A. Dawson, Dec. 2010)
- Not on display
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Probably kept in MLA Departmental Corridor in 1970s if not earlier (A. Dawson)
- Minor dmage to back of collar.
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