Chantrey approached his task methodically, beginning with precise drawings of his subjects in full face and profile; his assistants later worked these up into roughly modelled clay busts. The artist revised these in sessions with the sitters, encouraging his subjects to walk and talk so that he could better capture their character. These busts served as models for the marble. Chantrey was a sensitive sculptor, and Frere’s sagging flesh is remarkably softly carved. John Hoppner’s very different likeness of Frere (1769-1846) is shown nearby.