This bust of Lord Chesterfield is signed and dated 1745, ad
vivum (from the life). Sittings must have taken place after Chesterfield's
return from his diplomatic mission to The Hague (May 1745) and before his
departure to take up office as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (July 1745).
This bust had belonged to George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon,
of Tutenkhamun fame, until 1918 when it was sold at Christie's London.
It is likely to have passed into the
Carnarvon's possession via Lady Evelyn Stanhope, the sister and heiress of the
7th Earl of Chesterfield, who married the 4th Earl of Carnarvon in 1861.
In the Collection of Col. Sir Edward Allen Brotherton in 1959 when it was displayed at Kenwood House in an Exhibition of English Portrait Busts
Sold again at Christie's London, lot 70 3, April 1985.
Purchased at the posthumous Roubiliac sale by Matthew Maty the biographer of Chesterfield - either lot 9 in second day's sale, 13 May 1762,
lot 18 in third day's sale, 14 May 1762, or lot 20 in fourth day's sale, 15 May
Donated by Matthew Maty in 1762
The following photographs were lifted from the British Museum Website.