Friday 14 October 2016

Marble bust of Samuel Madden by John van Nost III

The Marble bust of Samuel Molyneux Madden (1688 - 1765).
Co Founder of the Dublin Society with Thomas Prior.
Commonly called 'Premium' Madden.
John van Nost III (fl. Dublin 1750 - 87).
Commissioned by the Society in 1751.
29" tall.
RDS (Royal Dublin Society).
Dr Madden established a system of premiums to be awarded by the Dublin Society for damask, velvet, lace, silkwork, stallions, bulls, heifers, tapestry, fish, paintings and sculpture
For Madden and the Dublin Society in the 18th century see the invaluable
A History of the Royal Dublin Society by Henry F. Berry, pub. 1915. and available online at -
This work is also very useful as a source of information for the Society drawing School established in about 1746  and the careers of  sculptor John van Nost III and his pupil Patrick Cunningham and other apprentices. The Society  appears to have taken over the drawing School of Robert West in 1747 and set up its own school of Art in Shaw's Court, Dame Street.


Photographed at the RDS by the author 4 October 2016.

Once again I am very grateful to Gerard Whelan and the staff at the RDS.
Plaster bust of Samuel Madden DD.

National Gallery of Ireland.

This appears to have been cast from the original Marble at the RDS.

By John van Nost III.

Note particularly the lettering on the socle.
Samuel Madden DD
Low resolution portrait from Sotheby's.

Very low resolution reproduction of a Mezzotint of Samuel Madden DD.
Samuel Madden DD.
John Brooks after Robert Hunter
360 x 254 cms approx.
Samuel Molyneux Madden, by and published by John Brooks, after  Robert Hunter, mid 18th century - NPG D5661 - © National Portrait Gallery, London
Samuel Madden
Engraved by John Brookes after Robert Hunter.
Published in Dublin.
© National Portrait Gallery, London.
Samuel Madden DD.
Inscribed ex Marmor van Nost.
Charles Spooner d. 1767.
Published and sold by Thos. Sillcock, at the Royal Fan,Nicholas Street, Dublin.
National Library of Ireland.


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