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Frontispiece to Hints to J. Nollekens, Esq. R.A. ...

[Frontispiece to Hints to J. Nollekens, Esq. R.A. ...] [graphic] / JS [monogram] f.
[London] : Published by R. Spencer, 19th July 1808.
Physical Description
1 print : soft-ground etching and stipple engraving ; plate mark 26.2 x 17.9 cm, on sheet 41 x 31 cm
wove paper.
Local Notes
Temporary local subject terms: Busts.
Title from British Museum catalogue.
Signed with the monogram of James Sayers.
Six lines of quoted verse below image: "And now the point of dress adjusted, methinks I see his Lordship busted, and with the Cross of Peter graced, between his quondam colleagues placed, propose with theirs to join his pate, and form a Bust Triumvirate".
Bequeathed by James Sayers to his sister and later given to Lord Eldon. Purchased from Christie's sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts, lot 305, 19 June 2012, with Lord Eldon's notebook (now LWL Mss Vol. 202).
"Folding plate to 'Hints [ut supra] ... on his modelling a bust of Lord G ****** le' (a verse satire). Nollekens (three-quarter length) stands in back view placing a bust of Grenville on a shelf at the level of his head, between the busts of Pitt (left) and Fox (right). Grenville's eyes are slits; round his neck is a rosary with a cross. Pitt's head, turned to the right, looks over his shoulder at Grenville with a puckered brow ('dignified disgust'). Fox gazes to the left. Two other busts (right and left) on brackets look down with displeasure at Grenville. On an upper shelf is a group of antique busts, their expressions registering surprise or cynical amusement. With them is an oval medallion of a monk kneeling before a cross. Below, flanking Nollekens, are two marbles from his collection of antiques: a seated satyr (left) and a much-damaged torso inscribed 'ΑπΟΛΛωΝΙΟS ΝΕSΤOROS'."--British Museum online catalogue.
Variant and related titles
Text below image: And now the point of dress adjusted, methinks I see his Lordship busted ...
Added to Catalog
February 11, 2010
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum, v. 8, no. 11002
Satires (Visual works) - England - 1808.
Soft-ground etchings - England - London - 1808.
Stipple engravings - England - London - 1808.

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