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Spencer Perceval

10 of 12 portraits on display on Floor 2: Turning Heads at Beningbrough Hall

Spencer Perceval, studio of Joseph Nollekens, (circa 1812) - NPG 1657 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Spencer Perceval

studio of Joseph Nollekens
marble bust, (circa 1812)
26 in. (660 mm) high
Given by the sitter's great-granddaughter, Mrs F.C. Holland, 1912
Primary Collection
NPG 1657

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  • Joseph Nollekens (1737-1823), Sculptor. Artist associated with 19 portraits, Sitter in 14 portraits.

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On 11 May 1812 Perceval was shot dead in the lobby of the House of Commons. Later that day, the sculptor Nollekens was called to Perceval's rooms to make a death-mask. This marble bust is one of several that Nollekens and his studio made to commemorate Perceval. The face is based upon the death-mask, which people found a moving likeness. The setting, in Roman toga-style drapery, adds a timeless grandeur to this memorial.

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  • NPG 4: Spencer Perceval (based on same portrait)

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