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William Smyth, MA (1765-1849): M.1-1851

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Titles

William Smyth, MA (1765-1849)

Maker(s)

Baily, Edward Hodges (Sculptor)

Description

Bust. White marble. Posthumous portrait bust of William Smyth, Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge, from 1807 to 1849.

Legal notes

Given to the University by a group of William Smyth's friends (Professor of Modern History, 1807-1849), to be placed in the Fitzwilliam Museum, 1851

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1851-09-29) by Friends of William Smyth

Dating

Mid-19th Century
Production date: AD 1851

Note

The bust was commissioned from Baily by a group of Smyth's friends to commemorate the late professor. Baily was the son of a ship’s carver and began his career as a modeller in wax. He spent seven years in John Flaxman’s studio, and was his favourite and most devoted pupil. Baily came to fame in 1818 with his statue, 'Eve at the Fountain', but his most famous work is the portrait of Lord Nelson atop Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Plinth Height 12.7 cm
Bust Height 60.9 cm

Materials used in production

White marble

Techniques used in production

Carving : White marble, carved

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: E.H. BAILY, R.A./Sculpt LONDON/1851
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Inscribed

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1851
Primary reference Number: 30853
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_1_1851
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 12 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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