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William Wellesley-Pole, 3rd Earl of Mornington

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William Wellesley-Pole, 3rd Earl of Mornington, by Joseph Nollekens, 1811 -NPG 5060 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

William Wellesley-Pole, 3rd Earl of Mornington

by Joseph Nollekens
27 in. (686 mm) high
NPG 5060

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Incised: Nollekens Ft/1811.

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The bust was seen by Scharf in the hall at Bayham Abbey in 1874 but at some time thereafter its name was lost and in Humphris's 1972 exhibition it was labelled 'unknown man'. The identity was established from the picture at Apsley House 'Anne Countess of Mornington surrounded by the Effigies of her Sons' where the bust of her second son stands on the floor beside her; a large mezzotint by Hodgetts was published 1 January 1839.

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Earl of Caledon; Marquess Camden (Bayham Abbey); Cyril Humphris and bought from him 1975.

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RA 1811 (948); 'British Sculpture during the Neo-Classical Period', Cyril Humphris, 1972 (6).

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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