Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

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Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, by Louis François Roubiliac, 1745 - NPG 5829 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

by Louis François Roubiliac
marble bust, 1745
22 3/4 in. (578 mm) high
Purchased with help from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, The Art Fund and the Pilgrim Trust, 1985
Primary Collection
NPG 5829


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This bust of Lord Chesterfield is signed and dated 1745, ad vivum (from the life). Sittings must have taken place after Chesterfield's return from his diplomatic mission to The Hague (May 1745) and before his departure to take up office as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (July 1745). The bust is boldly classicising, lacking even the drapery around the shoulders customary in most contemporary busts and in this it resembles busts from antiquity.

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