3. The Temple Newsam Marble Bust of Alexander Pope
by Louis Francois Roubiliac.
Marble, 14.5 ins.
At Temple Newsam, Leeds.
Signed and dated A.POPE. AE. 50. L.F.Roubiliac. Sc. it. Ad vivum 1738.
Inscribed at front Qui Nil Molitur Inepte
from Ars Poetica of Horace
See Wimsatt, 58 page 235.
Temple Newsam Bust with the Seward Bust
There is no provenance for this bust before 1932.
Bought from Hans Calmann, London, 1942,
The theory that it came originally from Lord Mansfield’s collection at Kenwood House, Hampstead, London now seems unsustainable. See my next blog entry.
In 1932 it was in the collection of G.D.Hobson, a director of Sotheby's auction house, sold at his sale at Sotheby’s on 17 Nov. 1933. to R.H.Muir of Unilever House, see Country Life, 1932. Vol. LXXI.