Joseph Nollekens

Louisa Grace Manners

1807
The sitter – likely Louisa Grace Manners, the Duchess of St. Albans (1777–1816) – turns to her left so that we may better admire her elegant profile. Nollekens claimed – exaggerating – that he spent 16 hours making the clay model for a portrait, including multiple 90-minute sessions with the sitter.. Typically, he delegated much of the work of carving to his assistants. Despite the time spent, Nollekens’ portraits of women often lack the marked individuality of his men, and this bust is as much a tribute to ancient sculpture as it is a recognizable likeness.
Title
Louisa Grace Manners
Date
1807
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
marble
Dimensions
65.4 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1966
Accession number
14929