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Bust - Thomas Mansel Talbot of Margam Park and Penrice Castle
  • Thomas Mansel Talbot of Margam Park and Penrice Castle
    Hewetson, Christopher
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Thomas Mansel Talbot of Margam Park and Penrice Castle

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Rome (carved)

  • Date:

    1770-1775 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hewetson, Christopher (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    White marble

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 24, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries, case P2

Thomas Mansel Talbot (1747-1813), shown here bare-chested and with long hair, was a wealthy Welsh landowner. He went on the Grand Tour from 1770 to 1775 and commissioned this bust of himself at a cost of £68 - a fairly standard charge - from the Irish sculptor Christopher Hewetson. At the same time he commissioned a bust of Pope Clement XIV (Museum no. A.22-1948).

Hewetson (B. Kilkenny with birth date unclear; d. Rome 1798). He worked in Dublin before moving to Rome to live and work in 1765, where he remained for the rest of his life. He specialised in portrait busts of British visitors on the Grand Tour and established himself as one of the prominent British sculptors working in Rome at that time.

Physical description

Undraped bust. The subject, whose hair fall to his shoulders behind his neck, is facing half right. Inscribed.

Place of Origin

Rome (carved)


1770-1775 (made)


Hewetson, Christopher (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

White marble

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 61.5 cm

Object history note

Given by Dr. W. L. Hildburgh, F. S. A., in 1953.

Descriptive line

Bust, white marble, of Thomas Mansell Talbot, by Christopher Hewetson, Irish (carved in Rome), ca. 1770-1775

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

Ingamells, John (ed.), A Dictionary of British and Irish Travellers in italy 1701-1800, New Haven, 1997, pp. 923-4
De Breffny, "Christopher Hewetson", in: Irish Arts Review, 1986, p. 59, cat. 29a
Scott, J., The Pleasures of Antiquity. British Collectors of Greece and Rome, London, 2003, fig. 99 on p. 141
Bilbey, Diane and Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470-2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002, p. 91, cat.no 124

Production Note

Irish, carved in Rome



Subjects depicted



Portraits; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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