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William Pitt, First Earl of Chatham (1708-1778), Statesman and Prime Minister


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Title/s

William Pitt, First Earl of Chatham (1708-1778), Statesman and Prime Minister

Maker/s

Wilton, Joseph (sculptor) [ULAN info: British sculptor, 1722-1803]

Category

sculpture

Name

bust

Description

Bust. White marble. The sitter is turned to the front, facing and looking a little left. He is bare-headed with his hair curling and lying low on the nape of the neck. He is clean shaven, he has a bare throat, and his shoulders and bust are covered by drapery.

Production Place

England (sculptor) (country)

Technique Description

white marble

Dimensions

height: (bust): 25.0 in
height: (plinth): 5 3/4 in

Period

18th century

Date

circa 1745 to 1778

Provenance

given: The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum 1937 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Collection of the Duke of Newcastle at Clumber Park. Sold in the Earl of Lincoln's Sale, Christie's catalogue, 19th October 1937, lot 344.

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Documentation

  1. (1938) Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Twenty-ninth Annual Report, for the Year 1937, Cambridge (Cambs.) [page: p. 4]
    [comments: Publ. Illustrated, p. 4, no. 3]
  2. (1989 - 90) Treasures from the Fitzwilliam: ''The Increase of Learning and other great Objects of that Noble Foundation'', Cambridge (Cambs.) [page: p. 104]
    [comments: Publ. p. 104, cat. no. 103]
  3. Gunnis, Rupert (1953) Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851, London
    [comments: Ref.]
  4. Christie's (1989) Important European Sculpture and Works of Art, 5th December 1989, London? [page: p. 107] 5th December 1989)
    [comments: Cf. Another, p. 107, lot 194 (Est. £20,000-30,000)]

Other Notes

Identified by Ellis Waterhouse, 9th August 1951. There is a bust at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, signed, named (William Pitt) and dated 1759. From the Roseberg Collection at Dalmeny in the 1890s, and afterwards at Epsom.

Accession Number

M.65-1937 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 30966; Input Date: 2001-06-25 / Last Edit: 2011-05-03)

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