Sir Walter Scott
Sir Walter Scott
Sir Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott

1832 England

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Bronze portrait bust of Sir Walter Scott published by S. Parker after the work by Samuel Joseph.

Samuel Palmer belonged to an eminent family of glass manufacturers, the grandson of William Parker of 69 Fleet Street. By 1820 Samuel had left Fleet Street and moved to Argyll Street where he set up as a bronze manufacturer. In a bill dated 1822 he describes his establishment as 'Bronze & Iron Bronze Works'. From 1827 -1838 his address is given as Argyll Place, No.15 until 1827 and then No.12. Declared banbkrupt in 1832, he was gazetted as 'Bronzist and Lamp-Maker, Dealer and Chapman'. He continued in business after his debts were settled in 1834, but it is thought that after this time only as a lamp-maker.
The sculptor Samuel Joseph, 1791-1850, best known for his monument to William Wilberforce in Westminster Abbey. He studied under Peter Rouw the Younger, and was an important sculptor of monuments and portraits active in the early part of the 19th Century, and at the Royal Academy, where he won silver and gold medals. In 1823 he went to Edinburgh, where 3 years later he became one of the founders of the Royal Scottish Academy, and taught at the School of Arts, before returning to London where he settled in 1828.
Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet, 1771-1832 was a prolific Scottish historical novelist and poet, popular throughout Europe during his time.
It seems likely that this bust, which can be dated to no later than 1832, was in fact produced to commemorate the death in that year of Scott and it is fitting that it was sculpted by this eminent Scottish sculptor.
External Height 12.00 inch (30.48 cm)
External Width 5.50 inch (13.97 cm)
External Depth 4.00 inch (10.16 cm)
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