Born 1800 (Circa)
Died 14 August 1882
Active: 1825 - 1856
Country of birth: England
Country of death: Australia
Sculptor, gem engraver, die-sinker, modeller
Born in St. James's, Middlesex. Henry was married to Selina, the sister of Dr Theyre Townsend Smith (1798–1852), a celebrated preacher at the Temple Church and William Henry Smith (1808–1872), writer and philosopher. Henry and Selina's son Henry (1829–1925) was a miniature and society portrait painter who in 1866 married Lady Rose Sophia Mary Fane (1834–1921). She was the daughter of the Earl of Westmoreland and became a literary editor and social worker. In the latter part of the 19th century, the younger Henry and Lady Rose established a holiday home for members of the London Boy's Brigade at their estate in Kent. Henry and Selina's younger son Alfred (born c.1835 in Kensington and died after 1901) was also a miniature painter.
Little is known of Weigall's early career. However before 1851 he became a gem engraver and held a special appointment as an engraver to Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Weigall was a member of the Royal Society of Arts and organised an exhibition of portraits of eminent statesmen by sculptors such as Edward Hodges Baily, William Behnes, Thomas Thornycroft and Henry Weekes at the society's rooms in St John Street in June 1851. Roscoe (2009) suggests a number of Weigall's works may have been wrongly attributed to C. Henry Weigall or the painter Charles Harvey Weigall.
In 1856 Weigall and his wife, Selina emigrated to Australia. He died in Melbourne in 1882, followed by his wife a year later. The sole executor of Selina's estate was their son Henry. However, there appears to have been family left in Australia from whom the barrister and judge, Theyre à Beckett Weigall (1860-1926) was descended.
Wealth at death: £975 0s. 0d.
This is the personal estate of Selina Weigall, Henry's wife and is given as a guide to their financial circumstances
Probate date: 19 September 1888
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Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Exhibition), 1768-
1837 - 1854
Exhibited 8 times (4 times from 1851), 18 works in all. However additional works attributed by Graves (1905-6) to Charles Harvey Weigall may also be by Henry Weigall (see Roscoe (2009) pp. 1346-7)
Personal and Professional Connections
Worked with William Joseph Taylor
Forrer notes that Weigall modelled 'W. J. Taylor's masonic medal of Augustus Frederick, duke of Sussex, 1843'. See Forrer, vol. 6, (1916), p. 423.
Descriptions of Practice
Listed in Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, Coin, Gem, and Seal-Engravers, Mint Masters, &c., Ancient and Modern with References to their Works, B.C. 500 - A.D. 1900, Volume VI, 1916 Biographical Dictionary of Medallists
Listed as a gem-engraver and die-sinker 'of the middle years of the nineteenth century'. Forrer notes that the artist modelled a number of medals including 'W. J. Taylor's masonic medal of Augustus Frederick, duke of Sussex, 1843'. See Forrer, vol. 6, (1916), p. 423.
Occupation given in Census Returns of England and Wales, 1851
'Gem-engraver & Sculptor', his son Henry (1829–1925) was listed as a 'Miniature Painter' and his younger son Alfred (born c.1835) was a 'Student in Painting'
A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain, 1660-1851
Australian Dictionary of Biography Online
Ruth Campbell, 'Weigall, Theyre à Beckett (1860 - 1926)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 12, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp 435-436.
Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, Coin, Gem, and Seal-Engravers, Mint Masters, &c., Ancient and Modern with References to their Works, B.C. 500 - A.D. 1900, Volume VI, 1916 Biographical Dictionary of Medallists
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1851
HO107 piece 1488 folio 677 page 2
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1858-1966
Name: Selina Weigall Probate Date: 19 Sep 1888 Death Date: 17 Sep 1883 Death Place: Australia Registry: Principal Registry
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
David Weigall, ‘Weigall , Lady Rose Sophia Mary (1834–1921)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/55695, accessed 28 Sept 2010]
The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985
The Times, Thursday, Jun 26, 1851; pg. 4; Issue 20838; col B SURREY ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS.-The annual show Category: News
Citing this record
'Henry Weigall', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib4_1239890911, accessed 05 Sep 2015]