by Joseph Wilton
marble bust, circa 1762
26 in. (660 mm) high
Purchased with help from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation) and the Portrait Fund, 2012
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Sitterback to top
- Thomas Hollis (1720-1774), Libertarian, writer, bibliophile and patron of the arts. Sitter in 3 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Joseph Wilton (1722-1803), Sculptor. Artist associated with 7 portraits, Sitter in 9 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Wilton's depiction of his friend Hollis naked and bare-headed shows the influence of Imperial Roman sculpture. The 'liberty' cap and 'Brutus' daggers emblems on the plinth were repeatedly used by Hollis to represent resistance to tyranny.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 108
See this portrait
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery