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    Statues were carved out of plaster, marble, or stone.  Bronze busts were cast from plaster originals. 

  • Created statuettes of members of the Royal Family including George IV.

  • Exhibited a "Group of nine Figures, representing the Descent from the Cross, modelled [sic] the Size of Life, from the great picture by Rubens" at the Diorama in London's Regent Park in 1828.

  • Carved a plaster model for a statue of DeWitt Clinton in 1830.

  • Executed statue of Alexander Hamilton for the New York Merchants Exchange in 1835, the first life-size marble statue carved in the U.S..

  • Created statues of literary figures in the 1830's including Dickens Little Nell from The Old Curiosity Shop and the group of Uncle Toby and the Widow Wadman.

  • Won a competition for equestrian statue of Washington in Philadelphia in 1840.

  • Executed statue of Nathaniel Bowditch in 1847, the first life-size bronze statue cast in the U.S..

  • Also executed cemetery monuments and even a popular "Chinaman" statue for a tea store.

  • Exhibited statue of Dickens' Oliver Twist at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in the Crystal Palace in London's Hyde Park.  The 6th Duke of Devonshire, William Cavendish, showed his appreciation of his talents by becoming the owner of his Oliver Twist.  The Duke was an early patron of Ball Hughes and a friend of Dickens.

Explore the statues by Ball Hughes with the Statues links to the left and with the links below:

Search the National Portrait Gallery collection of Ball Hughes' work 

Wikipedia Commons Media in category "Robert Ball Hughes"

AskART.com The Artists' Bluebook (Note that Robert Ball Hughes biography on Ask Art is accessible freely to anyone every Friday. )

See Biography for information about Ball Hughes and his artwork.


last update 2/28/2012

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