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Bust - Samuel Carter Hall
  • Samuel Carter Hall
    Burlowe, Henry Behnes, born 1802 - died 1837
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Samuel Carter Hall

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1834 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Burlowe, Henry Behnes, born 1802 - died 1837 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bust representing Samuel Carter Hall, is made by Henry Behnes Burlowe (1796 or 1802 - d. Rome 1837) in England in 1834. The sitter Samuel Carter Hall was a writer and the editor of the Art Journal.

There is confusion over the date of birth for Burlowe (d. Rome 1837); Gunnis records a date of 1802, whereas the entry by Brockwell in Thieme-Becker suggests he was born in Dublin in about 1796. Burlowe was the younger brother of the sculptor William Behnes. Henry exhibited under the name of Burlowe to avoid confusion between the two. He exhibited busts at the Royal Academy in 1831 and 1833, and in 1834 travelled to Rome, where he was in demand as a portrait sculptor, until his death from cholera in 1837.

Physical description

Sitter looking to the right. Signed on the back and inscribed across the back of the shoulders.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1834 (made)


Burlowe, Henry Behnes, born 1802 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

across the back of the shoulders

inscribed across the back of the shoulders


Height: 84 cm

Object history note

Previously recoreded at the Bethnal Green Museum, the present object was unregistered until it was written on by the Museum in 2000. It was certainly at Bethnal Green at a date prior to 1953, when it was noted by Gunnis (Gunnis 19953, p. 70).

Descriptive line

Bust, marble, of Samuel Carter Hall (1880-1889), by Henry Behnes Burlowe, 1833

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

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. 227, cat.no. 345
Gunnis, R., Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851, London, 1953, p. 70
Gunnis, R., Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851, (revised edition, first published London 1953), London, 1968, p. 70
Kilmurray, E., Dictionary of British Portraiture, The Victorians – historical figures born between 1800 and 1860, III, London, 1981, p. 86




Portraits; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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