Sunday 19 January 2014


The Nollekens Busts of Alexander Pope after Roubiliac.
Metropolitan Museum, New York.

 Provenance Lord Leslie Hore-Belisha, Stafford Place, London (in 1937); bequeathed to Hilda Sloane, London.

Sotheby's, London, June 18, 1965, Lot. 81 sold to  dealer Ronald A. Lee , London.

In 1965; sold to dealer Cyril Humphris , London.

Sold to Benjamin Sonnenberg,

New York Sold Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, June 6, 1979, no. 392; sold to the Metropolitan Museum. New York

This bust was paired with a bust of Lawrence Sterne (see below).
This is a late 18th century copy of the Lord Mansfield bust now at Milton, Peterborough sculpted by Nollekins. 

It has been taken directly from either the original marble or a plaster.

Another pair of these busts were sold by Mealleys Auctioneers in Ireland. Lot 487. 28 March. 2000

Resold at Sotheby's London in Autumn, 2000.

The bust at the Cecil Higgins Museum is another version of the Nollekin's Pope bust with a spurious Roubiliac signature.

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