Amelia Robertson Hill

Percy Bysshe Shelley

1882

In Tate Britain
Artist
Amelia Robertson Hill 1820–1904
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 950 x 700 x 420 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Tate Patrons 2014
Reference
T14173

Display caption

Hill came from the artistic Paton family and was herself a prominent Scottish sculptor, contributing three figures to the Scott Monument in Edinburgh. There is no reliable likeness of Percy Bysshe Shelley as an adult, and Hill’s fascination for the Romantic poet translated into this monumental idealised bust. A prized possession, she kept it until she died, prominently displayed in the large vestibule of her studio home.

Gallery label, November 2016

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