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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

© National Portrait Gallery, London

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 20 portraits, Sitter in 14 portraits.

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Spencer Perceval, a Tory politician, was Prime Minister from 1809 until 1812 when he 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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