Francis Hastings, 10th Earl of Huntingdon (1729-1789) courtier and diplomat

  • About the work
  • About the artist
    Joseph Wilton was born in London; the son of an ornamental plasterer. He was educated in Hertfordshire before training in France under Flemish sculptor Laurent Delvaux and French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle. In 1747 he moved to Rome, where he sold casts and copies of antique sculpture. He moved to Florence in 1751. After his return to England in 1755 he supplied casts and copies to the Duke of Richmond’s academy of art in Whitehall and he and Italian painter Giovanni Battista Cipriani became the academy’s directors. In 1760, Wilton won a competition to design a monument to Major-General James Wolfe for Westminster Abbey. He served as Sculptor in Ordinary to King George III and Keeper of the Royal Academy. Wilton died in London, aged 81.
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    People
    Hastings, Francis, 10th Earl of Huntingdon
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    Materials & Techniques
    marble, bust (as object name), marble bust
  • Details
    Title
    Francis Hastings, 10th Earl of Huntingdon (1729-1789) courtier and diplomat
    Date
    1761
    Medium
    Marble bust
    Dimensions
    height: 63.50 cm, width: 55.00 cm, depth: 26.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Montague Marcussen, April 1947
    Inscription
    on socle: inscription in Greek; on socle/base: Francis Hastings Earl of Huntingdon: aetatis suae XXXI. MDCCLXI
    Provenance
    With Montague Marcussen Limited; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in April 1947
    GAC number
    273