The wax portrait bust of Charles Wilkes, 1830
by Robert Ball Hughes
view online at:
New-York Historical Society Museum & Library.
Charles Wilkes (1764-1833) was born in London, a nephew of the famous John Wilkes, lord mayor of London. Charles Wilkes was the President of the Bank of New York from 1825 until his retirement in 1832. He was also an officer of the American Academy of Arts, along with John Trumbull.
Around 1830, Wilkes was on the committee for the statue of Alexander Hamilton destined for New York Merchants Exchange. He was apparently an admirer of Alexander Hamilton, along with the other men on the Committee.
According the Sketch of the Life of Robert Ball Hughes by Mrs. E. Ball Hughes, p. 2:
and on p. 13:
Note that Eliza mentioned that Ball Hughes had orders for several busts in New York. We know that he made a bust of John Trumbull, John Watts, and this one of Charles Wilkes.
Charles Wilkes died in 1833, the same year that Ball Hughes was elected a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of the Fine Arts, of which Trumbull was President at the time.