Benjamin Shout (1746 – 1827)

We first come across Benjamin in the Helmsley page – the son of Robert, When he moved to London is not known, but his statuary and plaster cast business in London was quite well known at its heyday, at the start of the nineteenth century. In their premises in Holborn, London they produced busts of famous people such as Nelson (an example is in the collection of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich), Shakespeare and George Washington. They also produced lamp holders and other ornaments.The business also produced memorial tablets to be placed in churches etc. for notable families. I hope to gather photographs of some of those that still exist. They appear to have had many notable clients including  the poet and essayist Leigh Hunt whose house was described by Percy Bysshe Shelley as having many works by Shout.

Occasionally examples of their work come to auction, but are a little too expensive for me to contemplate (low thousands of pounds)!

At his death,  nephew and partner Robert, took over the business and in turn passed it to his son Charles Lutwyche Shout (1794 – 1855). I haveread  that Charles lacked the flair of his father and the business  ran down. They lived at Treherne House in Hampstead, now demolished, and there is a fine red granite tombstone in the cemetery at Hampstead Church, as well as a memorial to Charles’ mother Lucy Lutyche (1772 – 1822)inside the church.

Charles had a son – Robert Howard Shout who became an architect. There is a bit more detail about Robert Howard Shout on the page Civil EngineersAnother son Augustus  Charles (1834 – 1906) became a doctor and worked in Chelmsford and in Brighton before migrating to Perth WA. In 1885 he was declared insolvent and his death was registered in Karakatta . He was joined in Perth by his siblings Laura Sophia (1828 – 1916); Henry Chetwynd (1834 – 1908) and Clara Jane (1837 – 1919).

Benjamin was initially in business as an oilman and perfumier, before diversifying into the statuary business. In his will he left this business to his son Benjamin, who later diversified into several ventures before being declared bankrupt. There are records of cases in the Court of Chancery where he is accused (and found guilty) of using other peoples recipes for such things as fish sauce and black polish! He also had a brewery business which also failed.

Benjamin also had two daughters, one of whom – Jane – married into the Frodsham family which was well known as some of the premier makers of clocks and watches in London at the time.