4 of 16 portraits of 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
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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 19 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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- Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 265
- King, Reyahn; Sandhu, Sukhdev; Walvin, James; Girdham, Jane, Ignatius Sancho: An African Man of Letters, 1997, p. 77
- Piper, David, The English Face, 1992, p. 152
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 100
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 100
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 588
See this portrait
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery