Joseph Nollekens (British, London 1737–1823 London)
Height: 23 1/2 in. (59.7 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Francis Henry Lenygon, 1974
Not on view
This bust of the brilliant Parliamentarian who served as prime minister through most of the reign of George III was originally modeled after a death mask. The face of the proud orator is marked by the fatigue and distress of his final years, when England was menaced by a relentless tide of Napoleonic victories. The success of this vivid portrayal led Nollekens to replicate it numerous times.
Artist: Joseph Nollekens (British, London 1737–1823 London)Date: ca. 1784Medium: Watercolor over graphite, surrounded by a gold line, on paper backed by canvas (stretched on modern wooden frame)Accession: 2013.540On view in:Not on view