William Pitt (1759-1806) Prime Minister

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  • 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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    Title
    William Pitt (1759-1806) Prime Minister
    Date
    Medium
    Marble bust
    Dimensions
    height: 72.00 cm, width: 50.00 cm, depth: 26.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Gerald Kerin, June 1949
    Inscription
    none
    Provenance
    Earl of Jersey Collection; purchased from Gerald Kerin 1949
    GAC number
    769