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239

After Joseph Nollekens

Bust of Francis Russell, 5th Duke of Bedford (1765-1802)

Property from an Important British Private Collection

After Joseph Nollekens

After Joseph Nollekens

Bust of Francis Russell, 5th Duke of Bedford (1765-1802)

Bust of Francis Russell, 5th Duke of Bedford (1765-1802)

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Property from an Important British Private Collection

After Joseph Nollekens

London 1737-1823

British, early 19th century

Bust of Francis Russell, 5th Duke of Bedford (1765-1802)


white marble, on a white marble socle

bust: 50cm., 19¾in.

socle: 13cm., 5⅛in.

Overall in very good condition with minor surface dirt and wear consistent with age. There are a few minor chips and abrasions including to the hair and to the bottom edge of the bust. There is particular dirt in the crevices of the hair. Some very minor natural veining. The bust detaches from the socle.


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Charles Kinnaird, 8th Lord Kinnaird (1780–1826);
thence by family descent to the present owners
Edinburgh, National Galleries of Scotland, (inv. no. NGL 056.46)
This finely sculpted marble bust is carved after the portrait of Francis Russell, 5th Duke of Bedford by Joseph Nollekens (1737-1823). The prime version was formerly at Holland House, Kensington. Other versions include a bust at Woburn Abbey, as well as examples without drapery (such as the present bust; see Roscoe, op. cit., p. 907). The 5th Duke of Bedford was a Whig who strongly supported Charles James Fox, whose portrait by Nollekens he commissioned in 1802 (and which is still at Woburn; see lot 240). The present bust was almost certainly acquired by fellow Whig, Charles Kinnaird, 8th Lord Kinnaird, who was an important art collector and whig politician. He was highly educated, having studied at Eton, and the universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge, Glasgow and Geneva. According to Millar, 'From that time until the death of his father in 1805 he voted consistently with the Foxite whigs, and rendered valuable aid to the party in the repeated attacks made upon the Addington ministry' (op. cit.). Kinnaird was an Italophile, who was in Venice in 1805 when he learned of his father's death. He was a prolific art collector who assembled one of the great Scottish collections of antique statuary and pictures. Many of his paintings, which included works by Rubens, Titian and Poussin, had come from the collection of Philippe Égalité, duc d'Orléans.

RELATED LITERATURE
Millar, A., & Matthew, H.  Kinnaird, Charles, eighth Lord Kinnaird of Inchture (1780–1826), politician and art collector. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 14 Jun. 2022, from https://www-oxforddnb-com.lonlib.idm.oclc.org/view/10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-15632; I. Roscoe, E. Hardy and M. G. Sullivan, A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain, 1660-1851, London, 2009, p. 907, no. 244