Wednesday 15 January 2014

Bust of Alexander Pope signed by Roubiliac at Temple Newsam

3. The Temple Newsam Marble Bust of Alexander Pope 
by Louis Francois Roubiliac.

Marble, 14.5 ins. 

At Temple Newsam, Leeds. 
Eyes cut. 

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. 


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