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Robert Shout
Date: English, 1764–1843
Remarks: Robert Shout was clearly in business under his own name by 1803, if not before, even though he was operating in partnership with his uncle. He used his trade label (Heal coll. 106.20) to advertise ‘His old established manufactory and spacious shew-rooms’ at 18 High Holborn (‘a Figure of Minerva stands over the Door’). He offered ‘Grecian, Roman and Egyptian Figures and Tripods, for holding Lamps or Candles,… suitably adapted for Halls, Stair-Cases, Pier-Tables, Side-Boards, Chimney-Pieces…’, together with several hundred figures, busts, vases, medallions etc, from the antique, and ‘Likenesses of distinguished Modern Personages, made to imitate real Bronze, Terra Cota, Stone, &c’. There is a book of his designs for monuments and fireplaces in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Bilbey 2002 p.358)... Shout’s work was well known. In 1820, Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote of Leigh Hunt, ‘his room no doubt/ Is still adorned by many a cast from Shout’. - National Portrait Gallery London