Lot 112
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JOSEPH NOLLEKENS (1737-1823)BRITISH, 1811 | Bust of Sir John Rous, 1st Earl of Stradbroke (1750-1827)

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
52,500 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Bust of Sir John Rous, 1st Earl of Stradbroke (1750-1827)
  • signed and dated: Nollekens Ft. 1811. 
  • white marble, on a white marble socle


Commissioned by the sitter and thence by descent in the Rous family, Hensham Hall, Suffolk;
their sale, Hensham Hall, Suffolk, Prudential Fine Art Auctioneers, 10-12 October 1988, lot 504;
William Berger (1925-1999) and Bernadette Berger (d. 2015);
Sotheby's London, 8 December 2009, lot 82;
private collection, United Kingtom


London, Royal Academy, 1811, no. 949


A. Graves, The Royal Academy of Arts, A Complete Dictionary of Contributors and their work from its foundation in 1769 to 1904, London, 1905, p. 382;
I. Roscoe, E. Hardy and M. G. Sullivan, A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain, 1660-1851, London, 2009, p. 909, no. 303

Catalogue Note

John Rous of Henham Hall, Suffolk, succeeded his father as sixth Baronet in 1771. He was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Suffolk in 1780 and held the seat until 1796. In that last year he was raised to the peerage as Baron Rous of Dennington. In 1821 he was created Viscount Dunwich and Earl of Stradbroke. Aside from his parliamentary endeavours John Rous was a keen follower of the turf. He owned a stud farm and in 1815 his colt, Tigris, won the 2,000 Guineas. 

The bust is unique in marble. The likeness is carefully described and the marble retains its pristine surface. A plaster version was offered in the 1823 sale of Nollekens studio as lot 66.