William Pitt (1759-1806) Prime Minister

Francis Philibert Hardenberg ( - 1852)
19th century unknown

Bronze statuette with malachite base

1820
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Downing Street

    This statuette was purchased for Downing Street in 1953 by the then Minister of Works, David Eccles. Prime Minister Winston Churchill initially placed it in the Cabinet Room but it was later moved to one of the state rooms by Lady Churchill, where it remains today. It was made by German born sculptor, plaster figure maker and porcelain dealer Francis Hardenberg, who worked in England from 1783.

    A similar biscuit porcelain statuette, also published by Hardenberg in 1820, is held in the Athenaeum Collection, London. It shows Pitt with his right hand on his hip and carrying a book in his left hand.

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    People
    Pitt, William
    Places
    Materials & Techniques
    malachite, bronze, bronze statuette, base
  • Details
    Title
    William Pitt (1759-1806) Prime Minister
    Date
    1820
    Medium
    Bronze statuette with malachite base
    Dimensions
    height: 30.00 cm, width: 17.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Gerald Kerin, March 1953
    Inscription
    Published 10 July 1820 / by F Hardenberg
    Provenance
    With Gerald Kerin Ltd.; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in 1953
    GAC number
    2112