The Dublin Castle Bronze Bust of Philip Dormer Stanhope
4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694 - 1773).
Louis Francois Roubiliac.
Photographs - Second Series.
Taken at Dublin Castle 5 October 2016.
Photographed by the author 5th October 2016.
At Dublin Castle.
Generally speaking the photographs I take are posted in the highest resolution I can get away with, right click and save for enlarging.
I am very grateful to William Derham of Collections and Research at Dublin Castle for facilitating my visit to the castle and to Joanne Bannon for guiding me to the objects.
The other reason for my visit was to photograph the small equestrian statue of George II the miniature version of the John van Nost III statue from St Stephens Green, which I will be posting shortly
see my previous post -
For a useful summary of the life and busts of Lord Chesterfield see -
I thoroughly recommend William Derham's mammoth 400 page tome - Lost Ireland 1860 - 1960 pub. Hyde Park Editions
I am currently using this separate blog to file my photographs and unfinished notes on the subject of 18th century English Portrait Sculpture. It acts as a sort of aide memoire as well as filing system but as I have added pages it seems to have gathered its own momentum and taken on a life of its own.
Whilst in Dublin for a flying visit, arriving the evening of the 3rd - and departing the evening of the 6th October I was able to cram in visits to The Royal Dublin Society ( a taxi driver informed me that it is universally referred to as the RDS), The National Gallery (currently mostly closed), Trinity College Library, Dublin Castle, Christchurch and the Irish Architectural Archive in Merrion Square and to take photographs in all these places.
I was also very fortunate to meet the conservationist Michael Casey of Henrietta Street who showed me his extraordinary house.
The Bronze Bust of Lord Chesterfield acquired by the Louvre in 2010.
Sold by Sotheby's London 14 July 2010.
for a useful overview of the Roubiliac Chesterfield busts see British Museum website
A possibly useful avenue of further research might be
the Diplomatic Papers of Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, 1720-1748.
in the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
A portrait of Lord Chesterfield that has recently discovered to have been painted by Stephen Slaughter in 1746 is also in Dublin Castle.