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
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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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Current affairsPrime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated in the lobby of the House of Commons by a bankrupt named John Bellingham. A new administration is formed under Lord Liverpool.
The Toleration Act is passed giving greater freedom of worship to dissenters in order to ensure their political loyalty.
Art and scienceActress Sarah Siddons retires from the London stage. Her final appearance is as Lady Macbeth, the role that made her famous, but the performance has to end after the sleepwalking scene because of the fervour of the audience.
Building of Regent's Canal begins under John Rennie.
InternationalUnited States declares war on Britain over grievances arising from British naval conduct in the French wars. American plan for attack on Canada fails and British troops under Sir Edward Pakenham force surrender of Detroit.
Wellington defeats French at Salamanca and enters Madrid.
Napoleon leads France in disastrous Russian campaign.