28 July 2014

Lost Bust of Shelley Acquired by Tate

A twice life size bronze bust of the poet Percy Shelley by Amelia Robertson Hill (1820 – 1904) has been acquired by Tate Britain from Horton Art and Antiques.

Exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1882 and highly regarded by critics in its day. The bronze then remained in the artist’s home until her death in 1904.

Amelia produced only sixty works during her lifetime – mainly portraits, busts and statues – consequently her work is generally less known to the wider general public.
She was one of the first female sculptors to be given a public commission; her most famous work, the statue of David Livingstone in Edinburgh.

Commenting on this recent acquisition, the Tate Director, Sir Nicholas Serota said “We are extremely pleased to begin Amelia Robertson Hill’s representation in the Collection with this work”.

The bust will be exhibited in Gallery 9 of the Tate from August 2014.

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