Baily, Edward Hodges

BORN 10 Mar 1788, Bristol - DIED 22 May 1867, London: 99 Devonshire Road, Holloway
GRAVE LOCATION London: Highgate Cemetery West, Swain's Lane, Highgate

Edward Hodges Baily was a Neoclassicist sculptor and creator of the statue of Nelson on Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London. He was the son of the woodcutter William Hillier Baily (1763-1834) and Martha Hodges. At school he portrayed his classmates in wax models in 1807 he went to London to become a pupil of J. Flaxman, in whose studio he was employed. He also attended the schools of the Royal Academy where he won a gold medal for his "Hercules restoring Alcestis to Admetus" in 1811. He became a Royal Academician in 1821.

From 1816 to 1846 he was the Chied Modeller for Rundell, Bridge and Rundell. Baily executed many portrait busts and statues, among those portrayed were Byron, Faraday and Lawrence. His statue of Robert Peel is in Bury and that of Charles, 2nd Earl Grey in Newcastle. His famous work "Eve at the fountain" was shown in 1818 at the Academy and is now in his native Bristol. He work included many monuments for churches and some of them are at St. Paul's Cathedral.

Related persons
• made a sculpture of Byron, George Noel Gordon
• made a sculpture of Faraday, Michael

Edward Hodges Baily RA (1788-1867) - Bob Speel's website
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Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 20 May 2023