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William Pitt the Younger (1759–1806)

Artist:
Joseph Nollekens (British, London 1737–1823 London)
Date:
1807
Culture:
British
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Height: 23 1/2 in. (59.7 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Francis Henry Lenygon, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.209
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.
Signature: On back: Nollekens Ft. 1807
Mrs. Francis Henry Lenygon (until 1974; to MMA)
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