Sunday, 27 March 2016

Marble Bust of George III by Agostino Carlini

A Marble Bust of George III
by Agostino Carlini (ca. 1718 - 1790).

At the Royal Academy.

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Given to the Royal Academy by the Sculptor by 1780


A Marble head Fragment of George III.
By Joseph Wilton (1722 - 1803).

This bust of King George III of England (1738-1820) belonged to a monument erected on the Place d'Armes between 1766 and 1776.

The bust was shipped to Montreal in 1766, a few months after a major fire had razed much of the city's business core. It arrived together with two fire pumps and a 8500 pounds sterling relief contribution raised through a campaign organized by Jonas Hanway, a London merchant and philanthropist (1712-1796) .

The monument, a symbol of the might of the British Empire, had a short but tumultuous life. In the spring of 1775, as the Quebec Act came into effect, British citizens, angered by the new privileges granted to French Canadians, vandalized the bust.
It disappeared the following winter during the American invasion of the city. It was salvaged in 1834 from a well on the Place d'Armes, where American soldiers had discarded it .
Text lifted from -

© McCord Museum, Montreal, Canada

© McCord Museum, Montreal, Canada.

A Marble bust of George III (1760 - 1820).
by John van Nost II, (1713 - 1780).

Inscribed on the back  - 'From the Life / by / Jan Nost Sculp / 1767'

This marble portrait of King George III (reigned 1760-1820)  John Nost the Younger  was born into the van Ost (van Nost) family of sculptors, was trained in London by Henry Scheemakers (1670 -1748).
He travelled to Dublin in 1749, and spent much of his subsequent working life in Ireland. He executed a number of portrait busts and public monuments, including a statue of George III for Dublin City Hall. His bust of the famous actor-manager David Garrick (1717-1779) was apparently reproduced in many copies. Following the death of Garrick's widow, Eva, in 1822, the contents of the couple's country villa and their apartment in the Thames-side Adelphi, London, was sold at auction in the capital in 1823. Intriguingly, the sale included a bust described as 'V. Nost, 1764. An early bust of his late Majesty, George III'
Text adapted from the V and A website -
Victoria and Albert Museum


George III
Mezzotint by Thomas Frye
601 x 454 mm. paper size. 
Inscribed 'His most sacred majesty George III, King of Great Britain, etc.  / Frye ad vivium delineavit, William Pether, fecit'.
H. Parker and E. Bakewell in Cornhill, and J. Boydell in Cheapside, 
1 Oct. 1762.

by Charles Spooner, after Jeremiah Meyer
mezzotint, circa 1760-1767.
503 mm x 353 mm. plate size; 612 mm x 463 mm
© National Portrait Gallery, London
The 1810 Jubilee Busts of George III.
Peter Turnerelli

George III
Peter Turnerelli
British Library
Image Courtesy

National Portrait Gallery.

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Marble Bust of George III

Philip Mould - Historical Portraits.


Bust of George III.
Life Size
Joseph Nollekens
Royal Society

Photographed by the author at the Royal Society
by kind permission of Katherine Harrington Archive Cataloguer of The Royal Society.

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