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Bust - Charles Pelham, later 1st Earl of Yarborough (1781-1846)
  • Charles Pelham, later 1st Earl of Yarborough (1781-1846)
    Nollekens, Joseph Frans, born 1737 - died 1823
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Charles Pelham, later 1st Earl of Yarborough (1781-1846)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1808 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nollekens, Joseph Frans, born 1737 - died 1823 (sculptors)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 24, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries, case FS []

This bust depicts Charles Pelham (1781-1846), the son of one of Nollekens's chief patrons. It is a pair to the bust of Henrietta Pelham, his wife (Museum no. A.120-1929), and variants of both remain at Brocklesby Park, Lincolnshire, the ancestral home of the Yarboroughs. Both busts stand on their original wood plinths.

Nollekens was a prolific sculptor of portrait busts and operated a thriving workshop in London. Many of his busts are in the classical style, with loose drapery and cropped hair. He spent eight years in Rome from 1762 to 1770, where he worked with Bartolomeo Cavaceppi restoring and copying antique marbles. One of these copies, his group of Castor and Pollux, is in the Museum's collection (Museum no. A.59-1940).

Physical description

Marble bust representing Charles Pelham first earl of Yarborough. The face is half turned to the right, at the neck classical drapery.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1808 (made)


Nollekens, Joseph Frans, born 1737 - died 1823 (sculptors)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 70.5 cm

Object history note

From the collection of Lord Yarborough. Sold together with seventeen other portrait busts by Nollekens at Christie's, 11th July 1929, lot 146; purchased by Messrs Alfred Spero and Kerin Ltd, 9 Clifford Street, New Bond Street, London. Purchased by the Museum with its contemporary pedestal from Messrs Alfred Spero and Kerin Ltd in 1929 for £25.

Descriptive line

Bust, marble, Charles Pelham, later 1st Earl of Yarborough (1781-1846), by Joseph Nollekens, England, 1808

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bilbey, Diane and Trusted Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 2002. pp. 99-100. cat. no. 135.
Lord, J. Joseph Nollekens and Lord Yarborough: documents and drawing. Burlington Magazine. CXXX, 1988. pp. 915-19. esp. p. 918. fig. 41
Cf. Lord, J. The Building of the Mausoleum at Broklesloy, Lincolnshire. Journal of the Church Monuments Society. VII, 1992. pp. 85-96.




Sculpture; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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