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Bust of Edward Rushton

A copy of a bust of Edward Rushton, the original dated from 1807.

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Date of Creation

post 1940, 20th century

Extent of the Unit of Description

small sculpture

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Copy of bust of Edward Rushton, one of the founders of Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool. The original bust was created by Manchester eye-surgeon Benjamin Gibson in 1807 as a result of undertaking five surgeries to restore Rushton’s sight (sight in one eye was restored). The bust went missing during the Second World War when the school was relocated to Rhyl and the school building was used to house French soldiers and people displaced as a result of bombing.

It was said the likeness was not satisfactory to his children and that they preferred the portrait of Rushton by Moses Houghton.

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