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Joseph Nollekens (1737-1823), Sculptor
Sitter in 14 portraits
Artist associated with 20 portraits
The sculptor Nollekens built his reputation on the production of portrait busts. While studying the antique and practising in Rome between 1762 and 1770, Nollekens established a network of aristocratic British patrons. After returning to Britain in 1770, he was elected a Royal Academician and quickly became London's most fashionable sculptor. In the 1770s and 1780s he produced several Neo-classical marbles and developed a brisk trade in church monuments.