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Hamilton, Lady Belhaven and Stenton

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Edinburgh (made)

  • Date:

    1827 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Joseph, Samuel, born 1791 - died 1850 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Rupert Gunnis Esq, Hungershall Lodge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 22, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries, case P1

Hamilton Campbell (about 1790-1873) became Lady Belhaven and Stenton through her marriage in 1815 to Sir Robert Montgomery Hamilton, 8th Lord Belhaven and Stenton. A marble bust of her husband by Joseph is also in the Museum's collection (inv.no. A.67-1965). Samuel Joseph (1791-1850) was one of the founding members of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1826, and exhibited there from 1827 until 1844. He worked in London as well as Edinburgh. He specialised in portrait busts, but also executed funerary monuments, such as the one to William Wilberforce in Westminster Abbey. However, he never achieved the recognition or commissions he arguably deserved, and died almost penniless.

Physical description

Marble, bust. The subject looks downwards, with half closed eyes and slightly to her right. Her hair is elaborately dressed in curls and ringlets and in a plaited band across the crown of her head. Signed and dated.

Place of Origin

Edinburgh (made)


1827 (made)


Joseph, Samuel, born 1791 - died 1850 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'S.JOSEPH Sculpt./EDINr.1827'
at the back


Height: 61.5 cm, Height: 70 cm incl. socle

Object history note

Bequeathed by Rupert Gunnis, Esq, Hungershall Lodge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, in 1965.

Descriptive line

Bust, marble, Hamilton, Lady Belhaven and Stenton, by Samuel Joseph, England, made in Edinburgh, 1827

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Knox, T., 'Portrait of a Collector: Rupert Gunnis at Hungershall Lodge and his Bequest to the Victoria and Albert Museum', in: Sculpture Journal, II, 1998, p. 88, fig. 4
Bilbey, Diane and Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470-2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002, p. 311, cat.no. 476



Subjects depicted



Sculpture; Portraits; Scotland


Sculpture Collection

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