Tuesday 4 November 2014

Agnes Strickland (1796 -1874) by Edward Hodges Bailey (1788 - 1867)

A Life Size Marble Bust of Agnes Strickland (1806 - 1874)
     by Edward Hodges Bailey, 
   signed and dated 1846.

Formerly in the Collection of Dr Terry Friedman, died 2013.

Friedman was originally from Detroit, between 1969 and 1993, he was keeper of Decorative Art Studies at Temple Newsam, Leeds, and, later, principal keeper at Leeds City Art Gallery (where he was largely responsible for setting up the Henry Moore Centre for the Study of Sculpture).


Max. 28" Tall x 21" Wide.


Currently in a private collection.





For the biography of Edward Hodges Bailey see - A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain Ingrid Roscoe et al, Yale, 2009, which lists some 346 works where the bust is listed no 346 as Agnes Strickland, undated.


Edward Hodges Bailey R.A. (1796 - 1874) is probably most famous as the the sculptor of Admiral Lord Nelson atop the column in Trafalgar Square. Born in Bristol, his father was a ships carver, a pupil of John Flaxman, he studied at the Royal Academy Schools. He designed for the silversmiths Rundell and Bridge. He had a large studio in Newman Street, London - among his pupils were William Theed and Joseph Durham.

He was responsible for a large number, perhaps 112 funerary monuments, many portrait busts and ideal and other sculptures.

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For a PhD Thesis by Caroline Patricia Jordan, University of Leeds, 2007, entitled Edward Hodges Bailey (1788 - 1867) and the Notion of Poetic Sculpture see - http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/4404/1/uk_bl_ethos_496537.pdf







Agnes Strickland by John Hayes, 1846.

Oil on canvas, 36 1/4 in. x 28 1/4 in.

Bequeathed by Agnes Strickland, 1875. to the National Portrait Gallery.

                      Currently on display in the Ladies Drawing Room at Bodelwyddan Castle


Agnes Strickland c.1844 by Charles Gow, fl 1844 - 72.
 from the Morgan Library, New York
Given by John Pope Hennessey.

Black chalk, stumped, heightened with red and white chalk, on dark gray paper.
13 1/8 x 9 5/16 inches.


Agnes Strickland by Charles Gow, 1844. 10 in. x 8 in.
National Portrait Gallery.
Black chalk, stumped, heightened with red and white chalk, on dark gray paper.


      Extracts from the Life of Agnes Strickland by her sister Jane Margaret Strickland published William Blackwood and Sons, 1887. With references to Agnes sitting for her bust by Edward Hodges Bailey.

 Above three photographs of Agnes Strickland in later life looking serious and rather grim from NPG.
For further reading and information on the Strickland family see
Agnes Strickland by Una Pope Hennessy. 1940.
Life of Agnes Strickland by Jane Margaret Strickland. 1887.
Literary History of the Stricklands by Carl Ballstadt. 1965
For Susanna (Strickland) Moodie see Patrick Hamilton Ewing Collection Nat. Archives of Canada


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