We use cookies to improve your experience online. By using our website, you agree to the use of cookies as described in our cookies policy.

As restrictions ease, the number of visitors to the RA is increasing. Find out what plans are in place to make your visit safe and comfortable.

Hints To J. Nollekens, Esq. R. A. On His Modelling A Bust Of Lord G******le.

James Sayers

RA Collection: Book

Record number

05/3676

Author

Imprint

London:: Printed For R. Spencer, No. 22, Great Ormond-Street., 1808.

Physical Description

15, [1] p., frontis. (fold.); 236 mm. (Octavo.)

Contents

[Frontis., t.p.] - [Text]; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece is signed 'I.S. f. [i.e. James Sayers fecit]'.

It carries the publisher's imprint of R. Spencer, and the date (19th July 1808).

The printer is named on the t.p. verso and in the colophon: 'Printed by W. McDowall, Pemberton Row, Gough Square.'

References

On British caricature see R. Godfrey, ed., English caricature 1620 to the present [exhibition catalogue] (1984); M.D. George, English political caricature: a study of opinion and propaganda (2 vols., 1959).

On Grenville see P. Jupp, Lord Grenville, 1759-1834 (1985); A.D. Harvey, Lord Grenville, 1759-1834: a bibliography (1989).

On Nollekens M. Whinney, Sculpture in England 1530-1830 (rev. J. Physick, 1988), p.287-302; R. Gunnis, Dictionary of British sculptors 1660-1851 (forthcoming, 2005).

Summary Note

The text, here published anonymously, was by James Sayers. It is written in rhyming tetrameters. Under the title is a quotation, '"We understand that Mr Nollekens is now employed in modelling a Bust of Lord Grenville, as a Companion to those of Mr. Pitt and Mr. Fox." Daily Papers'. This identifies 'Lord G******le' as William Wyndham Grenville, baron Grenville (1759-1834), of whom Nollekens did indeed complete a marble bust in 1810 (now in the Royal Collection). Grenville had served as Foreign Secretary under his cousin William Pitt, and had been a supporter of Catholic emancipation. He afterwards made an alliance with C.J. Fox and in 1806-7 led the 'ministry of all the talents'.

The frontispiece is a satiric cartoon, showing a bust being set among busts of Pitt, Fox and others. It is captioned, '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'.

Provenance

The verso of the front free-endpaper is inscribed in pencil 'S: A: H', i.e. S. A. Hart RA, Librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81. Purchased for RA Library in 1871 (see 'Library Report for the Year 1871', RA Annual Report, Appendix No. 7, p. 27).

Binding Note

19th-century quarter red morocco, red cloth-covered boards; spine lettered, 'Hints To Nollekens.'

Name as Subject

Subject

Politicians - Sculptors - Artists - Portraitists - Great Britain - London - 19th century
Sculpture - Busts - Great Britain - London - 19th century
English poetry - Verse satire - Cartoon & satire - Satires - Political cartoons - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century

Contributors

R. Spencer, publisher
Walter McDowall, printer