Tuesday 2 August 2016

Unrecorded Lead Bust of George I.

A Unique and Unrecorded Lead Bust of George I
Reigned 1714 - 27.
Probably cast by John van Nost II.
Perhaps after an Original by Edward Stanton
Circa 1715.

Height 26 inches.
Private Collection.
Provenance -  sale Suffolk Auction Rooms.
Chiswick Auction Rooms.

A bust of George I by Edward Stanton was displayed at the Royal Exchange until the fire in 1738.
see Steward 1978 pp. 216 - 217.
Information from The Lustrous Trade Essay, Edited by Cinzia Sicca  and Alison Yarrington, 2,000 Leicester University Press - essay Recasting George I by Barbera Arciszewska.
For a somewhat dated but very useful illustrated article on the Stanton family by Mrs Esdaile see -

A statue of George I in Imperial Garb? by Laurent Delvaux was set up in the New Court of Rolls in about 1724.

A statue of George I in Roman dress, by John Ricketts the Elder, (1691 - 1734), of Gloucester,
was put up in Westgate Street in Gloucester in 1720 and was moved to Eastgate Street near the Barley Market house in 1766; its later history has not been traced.
see -



Medallion of George I by Jean Dassier

Obv: Bust of George I    GEORGIUS. I. D. G. MAG. BR. FR. ET. HIB. REX.
Rev: Tomb, on one side of which is Justice, holding her sword in her right hand and resting her left arm on a book. At right is Peace holding an oak cluster.  NAT. 18. MAI. 1660. CORONAT. 21. OCT. 1714. M. 12 IUN. 1727
Signed:  I.D. 
Ref: M.I. ii, 475/94; Eimer 77/508; Eisler I, 264/33; Thompson 34/32


Ivory bust of George I by David le Marchand.
ad vivum.
Height of bust alon 25cms

Both images from the Victoria and Albert Museum.


 George I
After Godfrey Kneller
c. 1714.
Engraving by Francois Chereau (1680 -1729).
399 x 283 mm plate size.
© National Portrait Gallery, London

Isaac Gosset

This ivory coloured wax head and shoulder profile portrait depicts George I in profile, facing right. He is shown wearing a full-bottomed wig, armour and a shaped robe. It is set on an oval shaped black-backed ground and with an ebonised moulded oval wooden frame with glazed front. Vertue described the skill of the ‘Ingenious Isaac Gosset’ as ‘so universally approved on for likeness’ that he dedicated a section in his notebooks to wax carving, which he considered a growing industry. Gosset was from a Huguenot family which had fled to Jersey after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. The family later moved to London and Isaac learned wax modelling and frame carving from his uncle Matthew. His wax production was prolific and covered both classical and contemporary figures. Gosset’s renown lay in the fact that, unlike most contemporary wax modellers, he worked from life, and at speed, apparently producing a portrait in under an hour. Gosset also created a secret recipe for tinting his wax to appear like old ivory. His waxes were highly fashionable and were sold at four guineas a piece for an original portrait or one guinea for a copy. Vertue noted that Gosset ‘had the honour of the King sitting to him’ as well as ‘great numbers of persons of Quality and persons of distinction – Learned and others’. Queen Caroline is known to have commissioned various works from Gosset, and may even have granted him a pension. The Picture Closet at Kensington displayed numerous waxes, framed both singly and in groups of up to 16 figures. Some Vertue catalogued as historic and contemporary princes but most remained unidentified. Text adapted from The First Georgians; Art and Monarchy 1714 - 1760, London, 2014.

Possibly from the collection of George III.

Text and image from - Royal Collection.

Here Attributed to Isaac Gosset.
Victoria and Albert Museum.


A Medallion of George I
Made to Celebrate his entry into London

The reverse showing London presenting the key of the city in front of the Royal Exchange.

By J Croker
48 mm diam.

Image from Whitmore



George I, coronation, 1714, Silver Medal by John Croker, laureate and armoured bust right, GEORGIVS. D: G. MAG. BR: FR: ET. HIB: REX, rev. king enthroned, crowned by Britannia, in exergue, INAVGVRAT. XX. OCT. MDCCXIII., 34mm (Eimer 470; MI ii 424/9). 

The official Royal Mint issue.

From a mintage of 1200 incorporating several different dies. The other example on this site is struck from different dies. Note the beading on the king's cuirass and throne, and the positioning of Britannia's spear for example.

Image above from Sovereign Rarities.


 George I. 1714-1727. AR Medal (45mm, 12h). Spanish Fleet Destroyed off Cape Passaro. 
By J. Croker. Dated 1718. 
GEORGIVS · D : G : MAG : BR : FR : ET · HIB : REX · F : D :, laureate, draped, and armored bust right / SOCIORVM · PROTECTOR ·, statue of George (as Neptune) left atop rostral column amidst captured naval trophies; in three lines in exergue, CLASSE · HISP : DELETA ·/AD ORAS · SICILI√Ü ·/1718. MI 439/42; Eimer 481. In NGC encapsulation, 3349829-010, graded Medal MS 63. Toned.

From the Gasvoda Collection. Ex Heritage 3024 (18 April 213), lot 24206.

From the consignor: "In a prelude to the War of the Quadruple Alliance one of the Spanish fleets was caught unaware off the coast of Sicily. It was defeated under the leadership of British Admiral Byng on August 11, 1718. The entire Spanish fleet was eventually captured. Four months later the alliance would formally declare war against Spain. In 1720 Spain accepted the terms of the Alliance ending the war".

Image above from Numisbids


George I. 1714-1727. AR Medal (67mm, 102.89 g, 12h). Arrival in England. By J. Croker. Dated 18 September 1714. GEORGIVS · D : G · MAG : BRI · FRA · ET HIB REX · F · D ·, laureate, draped, and armored bust right; ·I·C· below / RECTOR · MARIVM ·, 
George (as Neptune) approaching the coast of England in sea carriage pulled by four sea horses, heralded by three merfolk and two cherubs; ADVENTVS · REGIS ·/IN · BRITANNIAM ·/18 · SEPTEMB :/1714 · in four lines in exergue. MI 422/6; Eimer 466. Near EF, toned.

Ex California Collection of British Historical Medals (Classical Numismatic Group 85, 15 September 2010), lot 1592.

Considered essential to the British monarchy, the dominion of the seas is depicted on this medal through the portrayal of the newly-anointed king George, an elector of Hanover and the closest protestant relative of Anne, as Neptune and bearing the legend rector marium (lord of the seas).

Image and description from Numisbids.



Low resolution of Mezzotint of George I when Elector of Hanover.

After Johann Leonard Hirshmann

George I
Engraving after Kneller.
George Vertue


The Line of Kings - Tower Armouries - Tower of London

The figures of George I and George II were placed in the line in 1750 and 1768 respectively. The inclusion of George I, somewhat belatedly, had already been approved in 1730 but the order was not completed. Suitable armour to represent George I was finally identified in 1750 at Windsor Castle. The most curious feature to emerge during this period however is the casting of a metal head by the sculptor, John Cheere. This was apparently the only occasion that metal was considered as a sculptured element in the display. However, although the head was not used he was still paid £8 8s 0d for his efforts in 1751.



George I
Georg Wilhelm Lafontaine (1680–1745).

Royal Collection.

John Vanderbank (1694 - 1739).
316 x 240 cms.

Entered the collection 1932
Royal Collection.

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