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Sir William Herschel
by John Charles Lochée Click on the links below to find out more
plaster cast of bust, 1787
32 1/2 in. (826 mm) high
Commissioned by Sir William Watson; apparently executed from a life mask according to Herschel's sister's description: 'an awful business it was to see a mass of Gips (i.e. plaster) poured by handfuls on the face ... the head leaning on the back of a Chair at an angle of 45 degrees ... with 2 straws in the nose to prevent suffocation'.
- Hart-Davis, Adam, Chain Reactions, 2000, p. 68
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 300
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 247
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