Laurence Sterne

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Laurence Sterne, by Joseph Nollekens, circa 1766 - NPG 1891 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Laurence Sterne

by Joseph Nollekens
marble bust, circa 1766
15 1/2 in. (394 mm) high
Given by Lt. Col. G.B. Croft-Lyons through The Art Fund, 1920
Primary Collection
NPG 1891


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  • Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), Writer and divine; author of 'Tristram Shandy'. Sitter in 16 portraits.

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  • Joseph Nollekens (1737-1823), Sculptor. Artist associated with 20 portraits, Sitter in 14 portraits.

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Laurence Sterne, author of Tristram Shandy, visited Italy in 1765, travelling from Florence south to Rome and Naples in early 1766. His travels resulted in his book A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy, published in 1768. While in Rome, Sterne sat to the young sculptor Joseph Nollekens, who produced a portrait bust of exceptional quality - austere, dignified and Roman. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

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