Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) Field-Marshal & Prime Minister

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: France
    City: Paris
    Place: British Embassy

    A marble version of this bust, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1852, is now in the collection at Grocers' Hall, City of London.

  • About the artist
    Matthew Noble was the son of a stonemason from Yorkshire. He was apprenticed to his father, until local landowner Sir John Johnsone arranged for him to study in London, where he became a pupil of John Francis. In 1845, he exhibited his first works at the Royal Academy. In 1853, he won an open competition to design a monument to the First Duke of Wellington for Piccadilly, Manchester. This led to numerous similar commissions for statuary in the Manchester area, most significantly for the Albert Memorial in Albert Square, Manchester. Noble was a particularly prolific sculptor and, in addition to public statues, he produced numerous portrait busts and funerary monuments. He died at the age of 59 at his home in Kensington, London.
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    Wellesley, Arthur, 1st Duke of Wellington
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    Materials & Techniques
    bronze, bust (as object name), Bronze bust
  • Details
    Title
    Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) Field-Marshal & Prime Minister
    Date
    1852
    Medium
    Bronze bust
    Dimensions
    height: 27.00 cm, width: 19.00 cm, depth: 9.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Origin uncertain
    Inscription
    Inscribed on verso: WELLINGTON / BY / M NOBLE Sc / 1852 / THE BRONZE WORKS PIMLICO
    GAC number
    13768