Portrait of James Heath 1757 -1834 ARA Associate of the Royal Academy Historical Engraver to the King Drawn by W Behnes 1819 Etched by Mrs Dawson Turner.

James Heath ARA the Engraver

Drawn by W Behnes 1819

Etched by Mrs Dawson Turner

I am not aware of the present whereabouts of the original of this portrait.  If you know where it is I would be very pleased to hear from you.  Please contact me at jj@jjhc.co.uk

In 1813, William Behnes enrolled at the Royal Academy schools, intending to train as a painter. After he had received lessons in modelling from Peter Francis Chenu, however, he turned to sculpture. He was awarded a gold medal by the Society of Arts in 1819 for inventing 'an instrument for transferring points to marble'. From the 1820s to the 1840s Behnes was one of the country's most prolific and successful portrait sculptors and, in 1837, he was appointed sculptor-in-ordinary to Queen Victoria. His pupils included noted sculptors George Frederic Watts and Thomas Woolner, and naturalist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins.  There is a good selection of his work in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

 

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