Spencer Perceval (1762-1812) Prime Minister

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Cabinet Office, 70 Whitehall
  • About the artist
    Joseph Nollekens, son of Joseph Francis Nollekens, a painter from Antwerp, was born in Dean Street, Soho. He studied under the sculptor Peter Scheemakers, before attending William Shipley’s drawing school on the Strand. In 1762 he travelled to Rome where he worked as an antiques dealer, restorer and copier, as well as sculpting portraits of English tourists. By 1771, he had returned to London and taken a house in Mortimer Street, Marylebone. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1772. He sculpted several church monuments and mythological subjects but it was his portrait busts which grew in popularity throughout his career. His final years were plagued by ill health and by 1816 he was almost deaf. He died at the age of 85.
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    People
    Perceval, Spenser
    Places
    Materials & Techniques
    marble, bust (as object name), marble bust
  • Details
    Title
    Spencer Perceval (1762-1812) Prime Minister
    Date
    Medium
    Marble bust
    Dimensions
    height: 63.00 cm, width: 43.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Origin uncertain, probably a Ministry of Works acquisition
    Provenance
    On display in the Treasury Board Room by 1928
    GAC number
    15506