|This bust was executed when the painter, designer and illustrator Thomas Stothard was seventy one years old. A prolific artist, his illustrations included those for Richardson’s Clarissa, Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, Goldsmith’s The Vicar of Wakefield, Pope’s The Rape of the Lock and Sterne’s Tristram Shandy. On a larger scale Stothard contributed history paintings to Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery, Macklin’s Poets’ Gallery and Bowyer’s Historic Gallery. He was the Royal Academy librarian from 1814 until his death in 1834.|
The sculptor Edward Hodges Baily studied under Flaxman. Both he and Stothard began working for the goldsmiths firm Rundell and Bridge within a year of each other (1809-1810). In 1826 Baily succeeded Flaxman as the company’s Chief Modeller and Designer.