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Edward Maltby, D.D. (1770-1859), Bishop of Durham, 1836-1856: M.1-1859

Object information

Current Location: Founder's Entrance Hall Upper Landing


Edward Maltby, D.D. (1770-1859), Bishop of Durham, 1836-1856


Sculptor: Behnes, William




White marble. The sitter is turned to the front, facing and looking a quarter left. He is bare-headed, bald, with side whiskers. His throat is bare. He wears a low cut, straight topped, full garment, over which falls a drapery encircling the neck. Maltby studied at the University of Cambridge, entering Pembroke College in 1789. Maltby distinguished himself as a student at Cambridge, winning won four medals and being the Craven scholar of 1791. He graduated as BA as eighth 'wrangler' in 1792 (meaning the 8th ranked student graduating with first-class honours in Mathematics), MA in 1794, Bachelor of Divinity in 1801 and Doctor of Divinity in 1806.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Edward Maltby

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1859-10-25) by Maltby, Edward


Mid-19th Century
Victoria I
Production date: circa AD 1844


Dublin-born and Royal Academy-trained, William Behnes was a highly successful and sought-after portrait sculptor, considered by many the equal of the highly prolific portraitist, Sir Francis Chantrey (1781-1841). Unfortunately he lacked Chantrey’s business sense, and fell into debt towards the end of his life.

Maltby had a very long nose, and one of his descendants supplied the Museum with this rhyme about him: Maltby's nose was long Maltby's nose was strong t'would be no disgrace to Maltby's face if half his nose was gone.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Plinth Height 14 cm
Bust Height 64 cm

Materials used in production

White marble

Techniques used in production

Carving : White marble, carved

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: BEHNES. S
  • Location: Signed at back
  • Method of creation: Inscribed

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1859
Primary reference Number: 30900
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_1_1859
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 4 August 2022 Last processed: Thursday 16 March 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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